Golden Triangle First responders receive grants from Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2017

To The Leader

 PORT NECHES, Texas — Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company have awarded more than $57,000 in grants to 13 fire and police departments across the Golden Triangle area for training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs. The Helping Heroes grants were awarded yesterday at the Port Neches Fire Department.

“Our first responders are community heroes that need to be recognized, every day. We want to give back to these fine men and women to show our appreciation for their hard work and commitment to our community,” said Dave Kopke, Division Manager for Koch Pipeline Company.

The 2017 grant recipients are: Anahuac Volunteer Fire Department, City of Orange Fire Department, Cove Fire and Rescue, Groves Police Department, Hardin County ESD #5, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Mont Belvieu Fire Department, Orange County Emergency Management, Port Arthur Fire Department, Port Arthur Police Department, Port Neches Fire Department, Nederland Fire Rescue and Old River- Winfree Volunteer Fire Department.

“The Helping Heroes grant will allow us to take care of needed repairs to our fire engine’s foam pump,” said Chief Paul Nelson, Port Neches Fire Department.   “It will allow us to have our engine back in full operating status in order to support our local industries and better serve our community.”

“Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company are honored to grant funds to our local first responders but the timing of this grant is even more poignant with the tragedies of Hurricane Harvey still evident in our neighborhoods,” said Denny Wiseman, Vice President of Olefins, Flint Hills Resources. “This year more than ever, we say please accept this with our sincere gratitude for your sacrifice to our community.”

In 2012, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes grant program to support fire departments and emergency responders in Texas communities. To date, the companies have awarded approximately $900,000 in grants across the state. The annual application period opens in June and recipients are selected during October by a team of internal and external safety experts.