Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company have awarded $12,300 in grants to four first responders Harris County for training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs through the 2016 Helping Heroes program. The Helping Heroes grants were awarded this month at Flint Hills Resources Houston facility.
“The Helping Heroes program truly embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving,” said James Rhame, site manager of the Flint Hills Resources Houston facility. “These individuals risk their lives every day for their communities and we are grateful to express our appreciation to them in this small way.”
The 2016 grant recipients are: Baytown Police Department, City of La Porte EMS, La Porte Fire Department and La Porte Police Department.
“This is a great opportunity to stop and say thank you to the men and women who risk their lives for the safety of our communities,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of southern operations for Koch Pipeline Company. “As the Helping Heroes program continues to grow, we hope these funds will increase individual skills through training and provide helpful tools for our emergency responders.”
In 2012, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes grant program to support fire departments and emergency responders in Texas communities. To date, the companies have awarded approximately $700,000 in grants across the state. The annual application period opens in June and recipients are selected in October by a team of internal and external safety experts.