Woodsboro VFD upgrades equipment
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The Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department accepts a check for $2,500 through America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. On hand for the presentation are Trace Claybrook, assistant chief, Danny Gonzalez, Monsanto representative, Chief Lee Riemenschneider, Sandra and Edward Ermis, winning farmers,  Jason Andrade and James Vega.

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WOODSBORO – Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteers and the only way for these departments to update and repair their lifesaving equipment is through community donations.

The Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department faced a very dry year with many fires and is in need of extra funds to purchase new equipment.

Edward Ermis, a farmer in Refugio County, recognized this need and recently designated $2,500 to the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM.

“We had such a drought this year, causing a lot of house and grass fires,” Ermis said. “The department does a great job as volunteers, and they need additional funds to replace equipment after a busy year.”

The department will use the $2,500 for upkeep and upgrading of its equipment, and to purchase new personal protective equipment.

“Grow Communities is great because it allows farmers in our rural area to help the fire department at a time when fuel prices and other expenses are rising,” said Trace Claybrook, assistant chief.

In a ceremony held on March 5 at the fire station, Ermis got the chance to present the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department with the $2,500 donation.

Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:

• Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

• The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

• More than $352,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Texas.

• A list of all winners and more information can be found at

Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Refugio County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Ermis make every day to our society.
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