Farmer donates to fire department that saved his life

By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com

February 2, 2014

ROSSBURG - On Saturday, the Rossburg Fire Department received a donation of $2,500 from a grateful farmer who said the department saved his life after a tractor roll-over accident.

Jeffrey Howe, a Darke County farmer, was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The fund encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their non-profit organization of choice, and was started in 2011; the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states, a Monsanto Fund representative commented.

Howe, son of Rossburg’s mayor, was contacted in December, and said he knew he wanted to give back to the fire department that had saved his life.

“I like the Rossburg Fire Department, they do a lot for our community,” Howe commented. “When I needed them, they were there, quickly and safely.”

Rossburg Fire Department plans to use the funds to purchase a thermal imaging camera. This equipment will allow the fire department to locate victims in zero visibility situations more quickly and effectively.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com.

Linda Moody contributed to this story.