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GIVING BACK

HANDING OVER - Grainland Cooperative General Manager Jeff Brooks (right) gives a check of $15,000 to the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District. Accepting it is Fire Chief Craig Neal (left) (For the Journal/Cheryl Wolfe).

EUREKA - Grainland Cooperative, located just west of town, recently presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to the Eureka-Goodfield Fire District in appreciation for their efforts in fighting and controlling the July 30 explosion and fire at its facility.

It represents a $5,000 donation from Grainland, as well as matching funds from Growmark’s Enduring Commitments program and $5,000 in matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success program.

“I would like to commend Chief Craig Neal and his department for their professionalism and valor that was exhibited during our recent explosion,” said Grainland General Manager Jeff Brooks. “They responded very quickly. Being a unique situation, Chief Neal consulted with us on the best approach to take. He and his crew communicated with us on everything that was taking place.”

According to Neal, the success of managing the incident was due to pre-planning work done between his department and the co-op. In pre-planning work, fire districts do ongoing work with facilities in their jurisdiction that could be at risk for unique or large fires. Information is gathered to learn about the facilities and determine the best way a fire should be handled if it occurs. 

See article on Oct. 18 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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