firefighters grant 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/17/17) — Thanks to collaborative efforts between the Patrick Rudd Project, the Travis Manion Foundation and 9/11 Heroes Run-Madisonville, as well as generous community donors, PRP awarded 16 Everyday Heroes mini grants to 16 Hopkins County first responding agencies totaling $32,131 during a ceremony held Saturday in Madisonville.

The Patrick Rudd Project has donated more than $100,000 to local fire departments and law enforcement agencies since its inception in 2014, organizers announced.

Everyday Heroes mini grants were awarded to the Anton Volunteer Fire Department, city of Earlington Fire Department, Grapevine Community Volunteer Fire Department, Hanson Fire and Rescue, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Madisonville Fire Department, Madisonville Police Department, Manitou Volunteer Fire Department, Medical Center Ambulance Service, Mortons Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Nebo Volunteer Fire Department, Nortonville Volunteer Fire Department, Richland Volunteer Fire Department, St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department, South Hopkins Volunteer Fire Department and White Plains Volunteer Fire Department.

Eligibility requirements included assisting with the 2017 9/11 Heroes Run and using the grant funds for equipment and/or training to make our communities’ first responders’ jobs safer, PRP reported. This year’s Everyday Heroes mini grants also require a 50 percent match by the requesting department in acquiring AEDs, gas detectors, body worn cameras, bulletproof vests, turnout gear, flashlights as well as other training gear for local first responders and law enforcement officers.

“The Patrick Rudd Project is honored to award these 16 agencies with much needed funding to help bridge the budget gap," said Kelly Forbes, Hopkins County Family YMCA Senior Director and member of the PRP leadership team.  "Our firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians make contributions to our communities that are familiar to all of us. We see the results of their efforts every night on our TVs or read about them every day in the paper. We appreciate the difficult job they do to enhance our way of life. The success of the 9/11 Heroes Run directly correlates to the help our local fire departments and law enforcement agencies provide. Everyday Heroes mini grants are a way for us to be able to say ‘Thank You.’”

Each awarded department will receive their portion of funding via reimbursement within the next 90 days, Forbes said.

About the Patrick Rudd Project
The Patrick Rudd Project encourages citizens of Hopkins County to embrace local veterans and first responders in Honor of Sgt. William Patrick Rudd, to assist veterans through the transitional phases of their lives and to promote a better understanding of veterans’ and first responders’ value around the community.

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