Garden City Hospital and the Garden City Rotary joined together to help
purchase seven protective vests for local firefighters and first responders.
Robert W. McLachlan, Garden City Rotary past president, won a grant from
the Rotary District 6400, covering Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties,
as well as Essex County in Canada, to help pay for the gift. He made the
vest presentation to Fire Chief Cathy Harman during a recent Rotary Club meeting.
The cost was slightly more than$5,000, he said adding that local Rotarians
also chipped in for the new protective gear. Garden City Hopsital donated
$1,500 toward the project.
Harman told the luncheon crowd gathered at Amantea's resturant that
she sometimes stays up at night worrying about the safety of firefighters
in the department. Even emergency runs that seem easy, she said, can unexpectedly
"With the recent attacks on public safety workers," Harman said,
the vests are "an added level of protection. Thank you for helping
me keep the guys safe."
Rotary District Governor Sue Goldsen attended the Garden City Rotary meeting.
Local Rotarians, she said, should be applauded for working on the vest project.
"What an amazing program," she said pointing to other recent
local initiatives, like filling backpacks with school supplies for children
returning to school and providing scholarships.