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Sycamore Fire Department accepts grant for radio equipment

Sycamore Fire personnel and Al Bauer, middle, of Monsanto, hold up a $2,000 check from Monsanto that will buy new radio equipment for the department. The firefighters are, from left,
Assistant Chief Art Zern, Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Walker, Assistant Chief Todd Turner, Chief Peter Polarek, Lieutenant Darrin Hepker, and Firefighter/Paramedic John Pink.
Sycamore Fire personnel and Al Bauer, middle, of Monsanto, hold up a $2,000 check from Monsanto that will buy new radio equipment for the department. The firefighters are, from left, Assistant Chief Art Zern, Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Walker, Assistant Chief Todd Turner, Chief Peter Polarek, Lieutenant Darrin Hepker, and Firefighter/Paramedic John Pink.

SYCAMORE – A $2,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund will be used to purchase new radio equipment for the Sycamore Fire Department, according to a news release from the department.

The grant will be spent on radio pagers, portable radios and spare radio batteries, which will facilitate the ability to recall emergency personnel when needed and provide primary radio communication at the scene of an emergency response, according to the release.

Al Bauer of Monsanto presented the check Friday on behalf of the Monsanto Fund, a nonprofit that helps rural communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work, according to the release.

The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofits this year, and more than $7.5 million over the past five years, according to the release.

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