Recently, State Farm Insurance Agent John Howes, on behalf of State Farm Insurance, presented CCSR with a $1,000 safety grant to help purchase new radio equipment.
"This is an example of how State Farm likes to do anything it can to help support education and fire safety in our communities," Howes told The Brazil Times. "We are very grateful to help organizations like this in some way."
CCSR Chief Dave Watson and Treasurer T.J. Modesitt said the grant would help purchase two or three more radios/pagers for the 15 active CCSR members.
"In an emergency situation, there might be a trained responder available to go and help, but they can't go if they don't know they are needed," Watson said. "That's why the radios, which can be very expensive to purchase, are important. People might think it's only two or three more people being outfitted with a radio, but that could mean the difference in saving a person's life."
On Dec. 2, 2010, CCSR temporarily closed its doors due to a lack of funds to pay for health/medical/life insurance and workman's comp along with vehicle liability insurance.
"In good conscious, we couldn't operate without having the appropriate insurance coverage," Modesitt said about the eight days the volunteer emergency response unit remained closed. "We hated doing it, but we had to."
It was a make or break situation for the department.
"Being out of service like that, we knew it was a moment of truth," Watson said. "But thankfully, with the help of the public, we were back in service really quick. It was wonderful and heartwarming to realize all the support we got from the public. The public put us back in business. Without them, we would have been done."
According to Watson, it created a new passion within the department members.
"It's still tough (economically). We're doing everything we can to try and make sure we don't get into another jam like that," Watson said. "We're trying to get new grants and doing several new fundraisers. We have to keep that passion alive. We're going to keep that passion alive. "
Modesitt said the department is in the running for another grant and should receive more information about it as early as next month.
With approximately $2,500 in health/medical/life insurance and workman's comp along with vehicle and liability insurance premiums, utilities and other miscellaneous bills still on the horizon, CCSR will continue their fundraising efforts.
"Words cannot explain how much the support of the community means to the department," Modesitt said. "We want to thank everyone for their support and their donations. We really appreciate all they have done for us."
Donations of support may still be made on behalf of the Clay County Search and Rescue at the Riddell National Bank and Harris Bank. Donations can also be sent to the department's address, 525 East National Ave., Brazil, or given to CCSR Members, including T.J. Modesitt, Dave Watson, Derek Eaglin, Terry Eaglin and Brandon Sciotto.
To learn more about grants available for nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3), educational institutions and governmental entities from State Farm Insurance, log on to www.statefarm.com.