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Lions Club donation aids Sycamore Fire Department

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 1:09 p.m. CST
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(Stephanie Hickman – shickman@shawmedia.com)
Sycamore Lions Club President Barbara Schultz presents a check Tuesday to the Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek at the Sycamore Fire Station.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Fire Department will work to upgrade a fourth ambulance thanks to an $8,000 donation from the Sycamore Lions Club.

The club presented the department with a check Tuesday that will upgrade the service vehicle to the basic life support level and eventually advanced life support level, said Sycamore Fire Chief Pete Polarek.

"We want to give this in memory of Lion Jack Shrout," said Barbara Schultz, president of the Sycamore Lions Club.

Shrout, who died in October and bequeathed the money to the club, was a dedicated member of the Lions Club and the Sycamore community, said Schultz.

"He was really into Sycamore," she said. "Anything that had to do with the town itself, he was really into that."

Polarek said the department was grateful for the donation, which he hopes will help make all four ambulances more available.

"I think it's going to really enhance our service delivery," he said.

This donation is just one of many ways the club works to benefit the community, Schultz said.

The Sycamore Lions Club, whose overall mission is to serve the aged, sick, poor and handicapped in the community, supports and operates various events and programs such as eyeglasses and hearing aid collections and the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

"Any money we make from the public goes back into the public," Schultz said.

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