Walther Christian, Area Fire Dept.’s Get $48K in Donated Equipment

Friday, August 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Recently, Walther Christian Academy, along with three local fire departments, received a total of over $48,000 in donated life safety equipment from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The charitable organization is an arm of the Firehouse Subs fast casual restaurant chain. Both are based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Firehouse donates 13 cents of each purchase to the charity. To date, the foundation has granted over $25 million in safety equipment, training and support, according to its website.

In a statement released earlier this month, Walther Christian Academy officials said that the school would use their portion of the equipment grant ($9,718 worth of fire detection and alarm equipment) to cover phase two of a $125,000 fire alarm system upgrade. Currently, the school is working on phase one.

“Walther Christian Academy is extremely grateful for the grant made by the Firehouse Subs Foundation,” school officials said. “Once additional funds are raised for phase two, the new equipment will be installed in the gym and  locker rooms.”

Walther officials said that the alarm system upgrade is part of a more comprehensive $2.3 million capital improvement campaign that includes replacing the school’s heating and ventilation system, and athletic field and facility repairs, among other enhancements.

As of Aug. 17, the school had raised nearly $1.9 million in pledges and contributions for the campaign.

The Melrose Park Fire Department received firefighting equipment worth $12,233 that will be installed on the department’s new fire engine. The Franklin Park and Hillside fire departments received $4,178 and $22,035, respectively.

The grants were awarded to the local institutions during an Aug. 10 press conference at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in Stone Park.

“We thank our donors for their contributions that help us provide these life-saving tools,” said Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Executive Director Robin Peters in a statement.

“Our first responders are our heroes and we want to be sure they have what they need to protect their communities.” VFP

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