Apache Junction police Firehouse Subs grants to be celebrated at Oct. 22 event

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is celebrating equipment grants awarded to the Apache Junction and city of Mesa police departments with an event Oct. 22 intended to express gratitude to the community for helping raise funds. The event will also allow the organizations to showcase how the equipment will impact the community and help save lives, according to a press release.

The Oct. 22 event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Firehouse Subs Restaurant, 10720 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa.

Apache Junction Police Department received a variety of emergency equipment, including 30 first aid kits for patrol vehicles, ballistic vests and helmets and hydration packs worth $17,068. The awarded equipment will provide officers with necessary safety equipment and first aid capabilities during emergencies.

The city of Mesa Police Department received a police service dog and bite suit worth $12,938. After training, the awarded K-9 and equipment should allow officers to quickly and safely locate hidden suspects without putting themselves in harm’s way.

Expected to attended are representatives from both police departments as well as Firehouse Subs franchisees Jerry and Windy Griffin, Daniel and Debra Post and Arturo Jimenez, area representative Scott Friedman and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Development Meghan Vargas.

Additional events are scheduled for Oct. 21 in Phoenix for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and the city of Maricopa for the Maricopa Fire Department.

Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005 with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the nonprofit 501(c)3, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $15 million to hometown heroes in 44 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $461,000 in Arizona.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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