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July 21, 2019

6/20/2019 3:00:00 PM
Mary Heath Foundation grants more than $142K
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A dozen of the area's community organizations arrived at the First National Bank in Olney, Oblong, for the latest Mary Heath Grant awardings Tuesday.

According to Stewart Schutte, Trust Officer at First National Bank Trust Services in Robinson, a total of 34 applications were received during this period.

Organizations that were fortunate enough to have their applications approved included village boards, schools, police and fire departments, and fairs.

The grants awarded Tuesday totaled $142,196.

The Village of Oblong was granted $3,595, which will be used to purchase AED's, emergency blankets, cots and pads for emergencies.

Meanwhile New Hebron Christian School will use its $6,536 to pay for heaters for the gymnasium. The school's representatives said it's become the norm for faculty and students to wear coats inside during cold months.

The Palestine Police Department will spend its $4,289 on a bulletproof vest and a FLIR camera, which Chief Jeff Besing said will be used to help with drug investigations.

A total of 30 helmets will be bought for the entire roster of the Wade Community Fire Protection District. Their grant was for $7,644. Wade is a township in Jasper County.

Another Jasper County organization received a grant Tuesday. Jasper County Sheriff Brandon Francis said his department will use its $18,000 on new Lifescan machines for their jail. This will include updating the office with digital fingerprint machines.

Bunker gear and helmets will be purchased for the Hutsonville Township Fire Protection District. The grant for Hutsonville was $20,000.

The LaMotte Fire Protection District was awarded $12,304, which will be used to purchase air bottles.

A complete set of new gear is needed for the 17 firefighters of the Montrose Fire Protection District. A representative said the department has used old gear for many years and ans is in urgent need of an upgrade.

Sheriff Bill Rutan received a grant of $9,028 for the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Rutan said that his office will purchase video cameras, including storage capacity, for patrol cars.

New turnout gear will be purchased for 10 firefighters of the Crooked Creek Fire Protection District. The grant for the Jasper organization totaled $20,000.

The Crawford County Fair Association received a grant for $10,000. The fair representatives said they will use the grant to improve the ground's buildings.

Another local fair organization received a $10,000 grant. Martinsville Agricultural Fair Association will use its grant to create a handicap accessible restroom.

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