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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Rotary Club HERO Project Donates $1K to Sanford Fire Department

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Sanford Rotary Club and Jonesboro Rotary Club along with Rotary District 7690 have donated $1,000 to the Sanford Fire Department to purchase a radio battery conditioner/analyzer.

The donation was made by the Rotary Clubs’ Honoring Emergency/First Responders Opportunity (HERO) Project, which seeks to acknowledge and understand the importance in recognizing those men and women who work and volunteer around the clock to ensure public safety where we live.

The local Rotary Clubs wanted to support the Sanford Fire Department. The department requested a Motorola Fire 6-Bank Charger, a portable charger that reconditions radio batteries to extend their usability and monitor the charge of each battery. This equipment allows firefighters to replace radio batteries before a problem arises.

Rotary Club Hero Project Donation

Rotary District 7690, which includes 40 Rotary Clubs in our region, pledged $400 for every $100 we donated locally. The Sanford and Jonesboro clubs joined forces to make a bigger impact. Each club pledged $100 and $800 came from the District.

Michele Bullard, Jonesboro Rotary Club Project Chair, has first-hand experience of the harrowing and important work of the Sanford Fire Department due to her work with the Lee County Red Cross. “I have the highest admiration for our firefighters. I arrived to help a family shortly after a house fire had been extinguished. One of the firefighters showed me where his helmet and turnout gear had started to melt from the heat of the blaze,” she notes.

“Our Rotary Clubs appreciate the value that Rotary District 7690 places on the needs of our first responders,” says Meg Moss, Sanford Rotary Project Chair. “First responders put themselves at risk to help people in our community, and for that, we are all grateful.”

Sanford Fire Chief Wayne Barber and Deputy Chief Ken Cotten were presented with a $1,000 check from the Rotary Clubs on February 19, 2021. The department has already purchased and begun using the equipment.

For more information about the Rotary District 7690 HERO Project, visit

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