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Pearl City firefighters thank grain tube donors

Members of the Pearl City Fire Protection District and Pioneer representatives display a $2,500 check to the district to help purchase a grain rescue tube. Photo submitted by Susan Holmes.
Members of the Pearl City Fire Protection District and Pioneer representatives display a $2,500 check to the district to help purchase a grain rescue tube. Photo submitted by Susan Holmes.

To the editor,

Pioneer Hi-Bred feels strongly about serving the communities and farmers right here in northern Illinois. Through a community investment grant, Pioneer has donated $2,500 to The Pearl City Fire Protection District. Susan Holmes, Account Manager for Pioneer stated that as a team, the sales representatives in Carroll, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties decided the investment should fund a grain rescue tube. After several phone calls and much deliberation it was decided that providing Pearl City with the lifesaving equipment would meet a need along with assisting neighboring communities that are currently without the equipment.

“The farmers in this area work around the clock to meet the world’s demand for food, fuel and fiber. In that pursuit, long hours and physically demanding labor often take its toll. Our hope is that in the event of an unforeseen accident our local fire departments will have the necessary equipment on hand to react quickly and protect our farmers. Nothing is better than educating your families on safety and proper grain handling, but we feel this is a great way to give back to the farmers in Pearl City and the surrounding communities.”

Brent Schneider, the Chief of PCFPD, stated that he hopes they never need to use this equipment, but if the situation were to arise they want to be prepared. The Great Wall of Rescue grain tube is produced in Lanark by Eastland Fabrication, and is considered to be one of the most effective extraction tools. Stateline Farm & Rescue of Orangeville has already trained many of PCFD’s members.Pearl City Fire plans on scheduling another Stateline Farm and Rescue training session this fall and it will be open to all area departments. Pictured below are members of the Pearl City Fire Protection District and many of your local Pioneer representatives.

Thank You,

Susan Holmes

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