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United Airlines Trust Fund awards over $38,000

Sioux City, IOWA (KTIV) - After the plane crash of flight 232 on July 19th, 1989, United Airlines donated $600,000 to the Siouxland Community Foundation in appreciation of the Siouxland community's rescue and recovery efforts on that day.

The Siouxland Community Foundation board of directors placed the money into a trust fund for community grants and scholarships.

Thursday, 10 different nonprofit organizations and local colleges received over $38,000 in grant money.

The Siouxland Community Foundation's board of director director member, Karen Clark says the grants are one of the good things that did come out of the tragedy of the crash of United Flight 232.

"The real emotion that surges from me is pride. For I have always felt that it was in the aftermath of that crash that the Siouxland community really had it's finest hour. We came together first to rescue and then to care for the crash survivors, those that didn't survive and the families," said Karen Clark, Siouxland Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Siouxland Community Foundation board of directors say since 1990, a total of $695,020 has been given to support Siouxland nonprofit organizations and the three local colleges.


2009 Grant Awards

City of Anthon $2,500

Funding to install a new rotating warning siren system with battery backup and pagers so storm spotters and emergency services can activate the siren in an emergency. Currently have a very old siren on the roof of City Hall (a one story building) that does not provide city wide coverage in case of an emergency. New system can still operate if electricity goes out.

Hawarden Volunteer Fire Department $1,681

Funds to purchase a rescue saw (to replace current 20 year old one) used to cut holes in roofs for ventilation and holes in walls/floors for access to trapped people. New saw will improve entry and extrication times of those in an emergency situation in Hawarden and surrounding communities.

Mapleton Fire Department $1,200

Support toward equipping two new firemen with personal protective bunker gear when responding to a fire. Gear to include a coat, pants, suspenders, boots, helmet, gloves, and Nomex hood.Onawa Volunteer Fire Department $1,800 Funding for headsets and necessary accessories to tie into the current communication system on the truck. Department currently has only two headsets in the first responding engine, enabling only two firefighters to communicate effectively. The engine carries seven people, so five firefightersare unable to communicate with the officer in charge and are not able to hear instructions of an incident's plan of attack. Funding will also help purchase a new nozzle for the brush truck.

Sioux City Fire and Rescue $2,500

Support toward the purchase of a Stryker Stair-Pro Chair with accessories to assist in patient transport in a narrow/confined area. Chair will reduce firefighter injuries and improve efficiency in rescue and evacuation operations as chair has front and rear handles, caster wheels, etc.

Siouxland Paramedics, Inc. $1,600

Funding toward a 24-Hour Refresher Course for EMT's and nurses in the tri-state area. Project is a collaborative effort between Siouxland Paramedics, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, and Western Iowa Tech Community College. Course will be conducted over three days and will allow participants to train together, develop and reinforce their knowledge base, and obtain the necessary CEU's for recertification.

Siouxland Underwater Search & Recovery $1,900

Volunteer underwater search & recovery group provides 24-hour a day assistance to all emergency service agencies in tri-state area (11 counties) in the event of accidents, drownings, or searches for evidence in criminal investigations. Funding toward the purchase of 19 cu. ft. pony tanks with gas switching block hoses and gauges. The extra tanks will supply air to the primary diver until the backup diver can reach him/her and help get them to the surface.


Source: www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation/org/United.aspx

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