MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – Several Lowcountry fire departments will soon have more tools to help save lives after a notable donation on Tuesday.
Firehouse Subs and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated more than $88,000 to local fire crews in the area.
Following a check presentation, the equipment known as the “jaws of life,” which is part of that was paid for with the money, was demonstrated. It’s a tool first responders use to get a victim out of a vehicle quickly in order to save lives.
The donations are also a tribute to Gerald, “Kenny” Morris. He is the father of Emily Thomas, who works at the Moncks Corner Firehouse. Morris was a Vietnam Vet who also volunteered as a first responder with the Berkeley County Rescue Squad. He died in a car accident last year.
“Obviously, I’m a little sad because we miss my dad, but overall this would make him happy and that makes me happy,” said Marcie Henderson, Morris’ Daughter.
Recipients of the donation include:
• Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Department – $20,412
• Jasper County Fire Rescue – $250
• Macedonia Fire District
• Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department
• Town of Summerville
Each of these departments should have their awarded equipment within the next 1 to 2 months.