Photo: Standing left to Right; Fire Chief, Terry Vrshek; Deputy Fire Chief, Jim Klinker; Director John Rita at the podium; Betty Nagle, Joe DiNovo; Alderman Candace Carr; Jacquelyn Callham, VP Great Lakes Bank; Greg Lochow, Chamber of Commerce Director; Ron Shropshire, President Great Lakes Bank and Mayor Domingo Vargas.
Great Lakes Bank President, Ron Shropshire presented a check to Mayor Domingo Vargas for $12,000 to for the Blue Island Fireman’s Radio Grant Fund at our City of Blue Island August 27th City Council meeting. The Blue Island Fire Department was awarded a FEMA grant for more than $200,000 to purchase new telecommunication gear to enhance firefighter safety and effectiveness! This grant required Blue Island to match a portion of the amount awarded. Community-minded Great Lakes Bank generously pledged to match the donations raised dollar for dollar up to $12,000! Through private donations, a Blue Island Chamber of Commerce fundraiser at Double Play Saloon and the generous donation match by Great Lakes Bank, the new telecommunications radios have now been purchased. A big thank to all those involved.