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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Local Volunteer Fire Departments Thankful to County Commissioners and Council for APRA Funding

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JUNE 28, 2023 - Lawrence County's eight rural fire departments are thankful for the American Rescue Funds Act funding that they will receive.

Photo: Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department makes a water rescue on Salt Creek last year

The following volunteer fire departments are grateful to receive $106,250 each with a total of $850,000.

  • Huron VFD

  • Indian Creek Township VFD

  • Marshall Township VFD

  • Marion Township VFD

  • Oolitic VFD

  • Perry VFD

  • Pleasant Run VFD

  • Shawswick Township VFD

" Perry Township Volunteer Fire/EMS Inc. is extremely grateful that the Lawrence County Commissioners and Lawrence County Council members came together to make it possible for the fire departments of Lawrence County to receive a portion of the APRA funds. These funds will be used to do some much needed upgrade and repairs. We would like to thank them for their dedicatication and hard work to make this possible," said Jessica Voorhies, Fire Chief Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department.

File photo: Indian Creek Township Volunteer firefighters battle a house fire on State Road 158 near Silverville recently

"Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Lawrence County Commissioners for hearing us and for all of their work to ensure funds were dedicated to our department and all the other county departments receiving funds. We would like to thank the Lawrence County Council for hearing us and their support and approval of these funds to be directed towards the volunteer fire departments. These funds will offer a huge infusion into the county fire service as a whole and will allow for the purchase of much needed equipment throughout our communities. It will also offer an opportunity for fire stations to be updated as needed to accommodate today's many services, apparatus, equipment and other requirements. Without our many annual supporters and opportunities such as this and various grants, our all volunteer emergency services departments would not be able to continue to provide the services we do," said Jason Lewis Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Departments.

Photo: Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident recently

" The plan from American Rescue Funds was stolen from the taxpayers. We as county commissioners tried to serve as many Lawrence County residents as possible with these federal funds. This federal money was allocated to every fire department in Lawrence County as well as to the Lawrence County Fair Board, to serve the largest amount of residents we possibly could. We are sadden it took this long to get to this point. I would like to thank Lawrence County Auditor Jessica Staggs, Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Valarie Luchuaer, and the consultation firm on this project," said Lawrence County President Dustin Gabhart.

Photo: Several Lawrence County volunteer fire departments respond to a wildland fire along U.S. 50 West near Huron recently

The Lawrence County 4-H Fair Board will receive a total of $100,000 from the ARPA distribution.

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