‘Helping Heroes’ awards go to local police, fire departments

COUNTRY Financial gave $1,500 to first responders earlier this month.

Insurance group COUNTRY Financial on April 19 announced it had donated a total of $1,500 between the Enumclaw Fire and Police Departments for its “Helping Heroes” award.

Enumclaw COUNTRY Financial representative Anne Gannom presented the $750 checks to both departments.

“This is a small gesture to show our appreciation, contribute how we can and more importantly recognize the hard work and dedication of these men and women every day,” Gannom said in a press release.

Enumclaw PD Commander Tim Floyd said the department will put the money toward its benevolent fund, which is used to help employees, such as by sending flowers when an officer’s family member passes away. It occasionally also funds small scholarships. The department received their check April 15.

Enumclaw FD will put their check toward the general fund to replenish supplies and equipment. According to Chief Randy Fehr, it’s most likely the department will use the donation to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders.

COUNTRY Financial said in its press release that it donated $3 million in 2020 to support first responders, medical workers and active duty service members.