With the help of an annual $1,000 corporate donation, the Wyandotte Police Department has been able to educate the community and help keep some of its most vulnerable residents a little bit safer.
For the past five years, Novi-based International Transmission Co. has donated the money to the Wyandotte Police Department. ITC owns, operates and maintains electrical transmission lines throughout southeastern Michigan.
With the donated funds each year, Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said the department has been able to purchase several crime prevention and safety brochures, which were taken to schools and businesses in the city for education purposes.
Purchasing File of Life folders for senior citizens, or those with a serious medical condition, also has been a use for the money, Grant said.
The folders, which are magnetized, are to be kept on the refrigerator. They are filled out with important medical information that first responders can easily access in the event of an emergency at the home.
Once registered with the File of Life program, it allows dispatch to notify first responders that the person is a File of Life participant.
ITC spokesman Joe Kirik said his company began a community outreach program to educate first responders on how to react in emergency situations involving ITC equipment.
However, the company finds other ways to help out in communities, as well, he said.
“During the course of our interactions with emergency responders, we see opportunities to help them promote public safety in their communities,” Kirik said.
Grant said the ITC donation each year is a big boost, as it helps his department work directly with the people of Wyandotte for safety and educational purposes.
“They’ve been very generous,” Grant said of ITC. “The money has been well spent toward our community relations endeavors.”
This year’s $1,000 donation was given to the department in September.
Grant said a primary goal this year is to focus on senior citizen safety education. He said he plans to order brochures dealing with home and general safety concerns for senior citizens.