WREN – The Wren Volunteer Fire Department will benefit through the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program thanks to a local farmer. Wren cattle and soybean farmer Herbert Word signed up for the $2,500 drawing at a farmers’ convention and was chosen as a winner.
“The Wren Volunteer Fire Department provides a necessity to Wren, and I know how much it takes to raise money and operate a volunteer fire department,” said Word, who is at least a fifth-generation farmer.
His family has farmed land just off of McAllister Road since the 1800s, and his farm currently encompasses 1,200 acres.
The money will be used to provide five handheld radio systems and collar mics to improve communication among the department’s firefighters and 911 dispatchers.
According to Word, several of the department’s 19 volunteer firefighters don’t have up-to-date radios. The Wren VFD, which is always in need of additional volunteers, has one of the biggest service areas in Monroe County and has a Class 8 rating.
There are approximately 1,200 homes within its district, and it provides mutual aid in Monroe and Chickasaw counties.
The official community announcement about the award will be made March 26 during the Wren VFD’s annual fish fry fundraiser.
For the past six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has collaborated with farmers to donate more than $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America.