Sipping on wine and soda while listening to men strum “Time of Your Life” by Green Day, Lodi city officials and community members gathered to celebrate a grant award to the Lodi Fire Department on Thursday afternoon.
A check of $10,000 was presented to Division Chief Aimee New by members of DiBiduo & DeFendis Insurance, which New said would help to save programs within the fire department that are in danger of being cut.
“We are feeling the economy just like everyone else,” she said. “The money will help to keep community programs in place so that Lodi gets to be able to share the grant.”
According to Marla Parsons, an agent at the insurance company, the grant money was built up over a period of time thanks to growth within the company.
New said the grant will help to preserve a 1921 Seagrave fire truck — the first engine used in Lodi — so that it can be used at community functions and events.
The grant will also help maintain the “Santa truck” that the fire department uses during the holidays for people to look at and take pictures with, as well as for the department’s canned food drive.
Finally, New said the grant will help keep the fire prevention program running, which helps educate primarily school-aged children about fire safety like stop, drop and roll.
“This truly is a blessing not only for the fire department but for the city,” New said. “It will make a big impact on helping us preserve programs that are on the verge of being cut.”
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