PennEast Pipeline Company today presented PennEast Community Connector Grants to the Trenton Police Department and Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The grants, which total $8,500, will help the Trenton Police Department purchase life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED), as well as help the Quakertown Volunteer EMS secure important radio equipment for use during emergencies.
Like many local police departments, the Trenton Police Department has faced severe budget cuts in recent years, and as a result its AED equipment is outdated. PennEast representatives had an opportunity to meet with members of the Trenton Police Department today to discuss their important work and how the grant will help the Department purchase new, life-saving AED equipment for their headquarters.
“The Department is honored to have been awarded a PennEast Community Connector Grant,” said Lieutenant Peter Weremijenko of the Trenton Police Department. “Thanks to the support of PennEast Pipeline Company, we will be able to buy new automated external defibrillators, giving the police department one more invaluable life-saving tool.”
PennEast officials also visited with Quakertown Volunteer EMS, which provides vital volunteer ambulance services for municipalities in Hunterdon County, including the townships of Alexandria, Kingwood and Union. Officials discussed how the PennEast Community Connector Grant will provide first responders with new radios that will improve communication with local fire departments during emergencies.
“Quakertown Volunteer EMS is dedicated to providing critical ambulance services for the municipalities we serve in Hunterdon County,” said Lieutenant Stuart Hutcheson of Quakertown Volunteer EMS. “I would like to thank PennEast for supporting our volunteer ambulance service. This grant will help us purchase radios which will enable our first responders communicate more effectively in emergency situations, potentially saving lives.”
The Trenton Police Department and Quakertown Volunteer EMS are among dozens of community organizations along the proposed PennEast Pipeline route that have received assistance from PennEast through its Community Investment Program. The program has distributed more than $550,000 in Community Connector Grants like the ones awarded today, as well as through other contributions.
“PennEast is honored to support the critical work of the Trenton Police Department and Quakertown Volunteer EMS,” said Pam Witmer of PennEast Pipeline Company. “The grants we awarded today will help these organizations purchase equipment that will help the men and women of these organizations do their jobs more effectively and provide life-saving services to those in our communities.”
For additional information on the Community Connector Grant Program and eligibility requirements, visit http://penneastpipeline.com/community-investment. For more information on the Trenton Police Department, visit http://trentonpolice.com/ or Quakertown Volunteer EMS visit http://qvems.org/.