Patrick Rudd Project Awards $24,500 to Hopkins County Law Enforcement and First Responding Agencies

Thanks to collaborative efforts between the Patrick Rudd Project, the Travis Manion Foundation and 9/11 Heroes Run–Madisonville, as well as generous community donors, PRP is awarding Everyday Heroes mini grants to 16 Hopkins County First Responder departments and Law Enforcement agencies totaling $24,500.

Everyday Heroes mini grants were awarded to the Anton Volunteer Fire Department, City of Earlington Fire Department, Grapevine Community Volunteer Fire Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Madisonville Fire Department, Madisonville Police Department, Manitou Volunteer Fire Department, Medical Center Ambulance Service, Mortons Gap Volunteer Fire Department, Nebo Volunteer Fire Department, Nortonville Southside Emergency Squad Two, Nortonville Volunteer Fire Department, Richland Volunteer Fire Department, St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department, South Hopkins Volunteer Fire Department, and White Plains Volunteer Fire Department. 

Eligibility requirements included assisting with the 2015 9/11 Heroes Run and using the grant funds for equipment and/or training to make first responders’ jobs safer.  Everyday Heroes mini grants also require a 50% match by the requesting department.  CLICK HERE to see a list of grants awarded.

“The Patrick Rudd Project leadership team is honored to be able to assist our Hopkins County First Responding departments and Law Enforcement agencies in bridging the budget gap.  Our firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other emergency responders have a thankless job and we are happy to help them in a small way,” said Kelly Forbes, Hopkins County Family YMCA Senior Director and member of the PRP leadership team.  “The success of the 9/11 Heroes Run is because of our local fire departments and law enforcement agencies.  They provide the apparatus and vehicles you see lighting up our race course and this year 144 first responders volunteered on race day.  Everyday Heroes mini grants are a way for us to be able to say ‘Thank You.’” 

A check presentation took place on Saturday, December 19th.  Most awarded departments had representation present.  Each awarded department will receive their portion of funding via reimbursement within the next 90 days.

The Patrick Rudd Project continues to empower our community of courageous law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders in honor of a hometown hero.  “Anything he did, he did with excellence,” fellow Army Ranger, Sergeant Mark Williams, said of Sergeant Rudd.  In his honor, the PRP Leadership Team will always strive for excellence and our hope is that each awarded agency and department will remember his sacrifice as they continue to strive for excellence in our community.  

The Patrick Rudd Project would not be where it is today without the Hopkins County Family YMCA.  We would like to thank the Y for their overwhelming support.  Their experience and strong relationships in our community allow the YMCA to spearhead the goals of PRP.  We are so fortunate to partner and collaborate with this amazing organization who gives back so much to Hopkins County.