Elks donate to fire departments

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Above, left, Phil Yerby, Exalted Ruler of Beartooth Elks Lodge #534, Red Lodge, presents Tom Kuntz Red Lodge Fire Chief with a check for $1,325.

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Below, second left, Phil Yerby, Exalted Ruler of Beartooth Elks Lodge #534, Red Lodge presents Melvin Hoferer, Joliet Fire Chief, with a check for $1,000. With them are volunteer fire fighters, left to right, Alex Songstad, Jim Zimmerman and Kevin Krook.

Beartooth Elks Lodge #534 has announced that this year’s State Major Project from Montana State Elks Association is to provide funding for Volunteer and/or Rural Fire Departments throughout the state of Montana.  This grant funding of $20,000 was divided between Volunteer/Rural Fire Departments in areas in the north, south, east and west as determined by MSEA.

For the past 20 years, the MSEA’s State Major Project grant money has gone to help with funding worthy causes such as, Camp Make A Dream; and to subsidize small hospitals.  

This grant money is intended to improve the safety for firefighters by providing funding for necessary equipment and training.  There are many rural departments that have little to no funding and are in desperate need of equipment and training to increase their safety and improve their departments response to their communities.

The Beartooth Elks Lodge #534 Red Lodge received donation checks for three local fire departments:  Red Lodge; Bridger; and Joliet.  To date, Beartooth Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Phil Yerby has made presentations to Red Lodge and Joliet. Steve Findler of Bridger Fire Department will accept donation at a later date.