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Agency offers grants to fire, police departments

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:21 a.m. CST
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From left, firefighter Joe Wempy, Fire Chief Eric Hicks and firefighter Joe Cahill of the DeKalb Fire Department, Steven Latimer, Patrick Shafer and Kathy Guyer of Patrick Shafer Allstate Agency, and DeKalb Mayor John Rey. The insurance agency presented a $1,000 grant to the fire department. Shafer earned the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for outstanding volunteerism with the fire department.

SYCAMORE – Allstate agent Patrick Shafer of Sycamore received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award. The Allstate Foundation awarded $1,000 grants to the DeKalb Fire Department and Police Department.

Shafer earned the grants by volunteering with the departments during National Night Out and other events where he and his staff distributed fire safety brochures and coloring books and disaster preparedness information and asked drivers to take the pledge not to text while driving. Shafer and his staff have been very active in promoting safety programs at community events since the July 1 opening of his agency.

“This is a good example of one of the great partnerships we have formed,” DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said.

The police department plans to use the money for a gun buyback program this fall or next spring, Lowery said.

DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said the fire department will probably use the grant money to purchase smoke detectors for homes that lack them or have non-working ones.

“We are proud to help the DeKalb police and fire departments in any way we can to ensure that they can continue to perform their essential services to the community,” Shafer said. “All of us at the Patrick Shafer Allstate Agency downtown Sycamore look forward to a long and continuing relationship with these two fine departments, and we hope to earn the grants for them again next year and for many years to come.”

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