A generous donation

Showing off the oversized $5,000 check are, from left, Clay Engelbrecht, Wallis Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Louis Heckmann Sr., local grower and Louis Heckmann Jr., volunteer firefighter.

The Wallis Volunteer Fire Department is one of 10 organizations to receive a $5,000 donation through the Bayer Farm for Good Sweepstakes.

The fire department was nominated by Louis Heckmann of Wallis, who was one of 10 entrants chosen to direct a donation to the organization of his choice.

“When asked to select a nominee for the Farm for Good Sweepstakes, the Wallis Volunteer Fire Department immediately came to mind as an organization most worthy of being considered as a recipient of a $5,000 donation,” Heckmann explained.

The Wallis Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1930 and is comprised of 13 volunteer members.

The fire department responds to all types of calls including fires, car wrecks and train derailments, and assists the Austin County EMS from time to time.

Wallis Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clay Engelbrecht says the funds will be used towards replacing the Jaws of Life which is used at car accidents, or towards purchasing a heater and a back-up generator for the fire station.

“I’m excited people in our community cared enough to submit us for this award,” Engelbrecht said.

“Serving in a volunteer fire department, sometimes you get the feeling no one is worried about you until they actually need you. It’s good to be remembered instead of always trying to find the funds to operate on for ourselves.”

“The Wallis Volunteer Fire Department relies solely on its yearly fundraiser and donations received from the community,” Heckmann said. “Therefore, nominating this worthy organization to be the recipient of these funds was most clear and undoubtedly the obvious choice.”

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