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Firefighters give lunch money to food bank

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012

Photo by Sylvia Lobato Monte Vista Assistant Fire Chief Pat Sullivan presents a Pinnacol Assurance check for $250 to volunteer coordinator Trish Jones at the Monte Vista Food Bank while firefighters and food bank volunteers look on.

Check for luncheon redirected

MONTE VISTA  — The Monte Vista Fire Department stepped up their efforts in raising funds and promoting safety as a top priority during their annual chili dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The chili dinner raised some $16,000 as the firefighters served more than 630 people. Fire Chief Chuck Archer said, “On behalf of the Monte Vista Fire Department, I would like to thank our community, neighbors and friends for their generous donations.”

During the dinner, Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers compensation insurer, recognized the MVFD for their exceptional performance in safety, loss control and financial and claims management by presenting the department with Pinnacol Assurance’s Circle of Safety Award for the second time.

"The MVFD is part of a select group of Colorado organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to sound risk management practices,” said Donna Frost, Pinnacol safety consultant. “In fact, less than one percent of our policyholders meet the criteria for this award. We are delighted to recognize Chief Charles Archer and the rest of the Monte Vista firefighters for their exceptional efforts and results in maintaining a safe workplace.”

“The training for our firefighters is to not only protect the lives and property of others, but to protect ourselves,” said Assistant Chief Pat Sullivan. “With the funds raised from our chili dinner, we will be able to operate and purchase some of the needed equipment for our fire department to continue to protect our community and our firefighters.” Chief Archer said, “On behalf of the Monte Vista Fire Department, I would like to thank you for your generous donations.” He went on to say that the commitment to helping the Monte Vista Fire Department for the betterment of our community is sincerely appreciated by all the firemen and board members.”

Along with the Circle of Safety award came funds for a luncheon for the firefighters. Sullivan said the $250 check from Pinnacol was redirected to the Monte Vista Food Bank by both the assurance company and the firefighters.

Now, at Thanksgiving time, the donation is most welcome, said volunteer coordinator Trish Jones. Food donations are especially needed at this time and every bit helps, she said.

Volunteer Nadine Dieckman noted that the food bank also has coats to give to those who need them, and the cold weather has depleted the supply, so warm coats would be a welcome from anyone who has some to spare. Children’s books and toys are also welcome.

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