FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded over $19,000 worth of equipment to the Fort Wayne Police Department Tuesday afternoon.
Firehouse Subs gave the FWPD 17 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a value of $19,700. The donated devices will be placed in squad cars to ensure police officers are prepared to provide life-saving assistance if a citizen goes into cardiac arrest.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given $7.7 million to hometown heroes in 38 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $186,300 in Indiana.
Throughout the month of October, all Firehouse Subs restaurants will celebrate Public Safety Month by encouraging patrons to purchase a $1 or $5 medallion in order to raise much-needed funds for the Foundation. Guests who purchase a medallion will receive a free Duracell 9-volt battery for their home smoke detector, while supplies last.
Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit's mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.
What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "Your2Cents” comment.
© Copyright 2013 A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.