The Fargo Force and Cross Insulation announced today the organizations selected to receive funds raised on the night of the seventh annual Hometown Heroes promotion. The annual event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 PM at Scheels Arena. The organizations were voted on by the Hometown Heroes committee which is comprised of corporate sponsors, local non-profit leaders, Fargo Force staff, and members of local first responder groups.
Organizations submitted their requests which included the amount requested, life-saving item/training to be purchased, and who the item or training would benefit. Last year, Hometown Heroes raised $43,500, which was an $11,000 increase over the previous year. These funds raised helped donate lifesaving equipment and supplies back to eight different organizations. The hope is to exceed that amount again this season.
Funds will be raised through sponsorship, post-game jersey auction, chuck-a-puck contest, silent auction during the game, raffle board sales and merchandise sales. The Force will also donate $1 of every single game ticket sold from that night back into the pot. Several sponsors have also pledged to donate money back per Force goal scored with a minimum of a one goal commitment.
There were 26 total requests for funds submitted. The top ten organizations and the funds requested (along with items) are listed below in order of who will get funds first.
|1||Barnesville Fire Department||$4,218.13||Thermal imaging device||Barnesville community and fire district, along with all surrounding communities that receive mutual aid.|
|2||Page Ambulance Service||$1,026.00||Update Lifepak 12-lead from 3g to 4g (required as of 1/1/2020)||Patient will get timely analysis of heart data, ambulance personnel can give appropriate care as indicated by results.|
|3||Glyndon Police Department||$1,925.00||AED Unit with extra battery, extra set of pads, and an infant child key||The citizens of Glyndon and the surrounding community.|
|4||Glyndon Rescue||$5,728.08||2 AED's and 2 extra batteries||Glyndon Rescue and the people in and around their response area. Will help with faster response than currently available.|
|5||Horace Rural Fire Protection District||$7,500.00||LUCAS-Chest compression device||Any person that would need CPR on call that Horace FD responds to.|
|6||Grandin Rural Fire Protection District||$6,210.00||6 Thermal imaging cameras for MSA SCBA's||Firefighters and citizens by detecting bodies when inside a structure fire.|
|7||Harwood Fire & Rescue||$2,953.00||Gas monitor & fire fighting nozzle||Gas monitor helps with finding gas leaks and detect any type of explosive gas that the department may encounter. Fire hose nozzle is to be used in case fire suppression is required.|
|8||Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department||$7,500.00||Thermal imaging camera with station kit||Will aid in the diversity of services the Mapleton FD can provide to the community and its citizens. Mapleton FD would also share its resources with neighboring departments.|
|9||Clay County Sheriff's Office||$6,600.00||40 mm Tactical 4 shot launcher, plate carriers and helmets, seek reveal||To protect staff and allow them to resolve emergencies unharmed benefitting the community. The FLIR helps locate suspects and victimes and the launcher provides a less than lethal option.|
|10||F-M Ambulance||$2,375.00||BW Clip 2-year single gas detectors||Crew members and general public by alerting responders very quickly about carbon monoxide issues.|
Other organizations that requested include (in order from 11-26 to receive funds): Cass County Sheriff's Office, Hawley Police Department, Hunter Ambulance, Red River Valley SWAT Team, Dilworth Fire Department, Sabin Fire Department, Buffalo Area Quick Response Unit, Leonard Fire Protection District, West Fargo Police Department & West Fargo Fire Department (applied together), Casselton Ambulance Service, Dilworth Police Department. Fargo Fire Department, Valley Water Rescue, Moorhead Fire Department, Fargo Police Department, and Essentia Health Fargo Foundation.
Hometown Heroes is Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 PM. Tickets will also be available through an offer code for each individual department. With that purchase, $5 of each of those tickets will go directly back to the organization. Those offer codes will be available shortly and you can find those right here on our official website. Tickets are available at the Scheels Arena box office Monday through Friday from 10AM-6PM or online 24/7 at ticketmaster.com.