Level volunteer firefighters kept safe with new gear

Local farmer directs $2,500 through America's Farmers Grow Communities

  • From left: Jeff Standiford, chief of Level Volunteer Fire Co., left, accepts a $2,500 donation on behalf of Bill Moore, center, the winning farmer in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest, and Bryan Dillehay, a representative from the Monsanto Fund.
From left: Jeff Standiford, chief of Level Volunteer Fire Co.,…
May 02, 2012

Community support is vital to volunteer fire departments in rural America. Most small communities do not receive enough funding for fire protection services, but still experience the same emergencies found in a big city. Thanks to one local farm family and America's Farmers Grow Communities, the Level Volunteer Fire Company recently received some much needed support.

Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Bill Moore was the winning farmer in Harford County. He was grateful for the fire department's dedication and directed the donation to Level Volunteer Fire Company.

"I would like to thank the Monsanto Fund for its continuing generosity," Moore said in a press release. "Our firefighters are in need of new equipment and many have expressed their appreciation for this generous gift."

Jason Gallion, president of the fire company, was thrilled to receive the donation.

"The $2,500 will be used to purchase firefighter turnout gear which is also referred to as PPE (personal protective equipment)," he said. "This would include items such as helmets, gloves, coats, bunker pants and boots that will keep our firefighters safe while protecting the community."

In a ceremony April 3 at the firehouse in Havre de Grace, Moore presented Level Volunteer Fire Company with the $2,500 donation.

Through America's Farmers Grow Communities:

· Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

· The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

· More than $35,000 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Maryland.

"Once again, I would like to thank the Monsanto Fund for sponsoring this program," Moore said. "It has allowed me to give back to my community and help this fine organization."

Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Harford County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Moore make every day to our society.

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