February 25, 2021
Local News

COUNTRY Financial assists first responders

COUNTRY Financial representative Matt Hostetter is pleased to announce the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency as a 2020 recipient of a COUNTRY Financial Operation Helping Heroes donation.

Hostetter presented the donation for $1,500 to agency coordinator Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer to assist with the purchase of a new ID card and credentialing system.

The credentialing system has an app that most phones can download and the phone then becomes the scanning device. For instance, they would know not only how many firefighters went into a burning building but also their names, rank, department and contact information.

“I am happy to donate to this cause,” said Hostetter, “This will not only help one town it will help all towns in the county and it also benefits the EMS, police and fire. “

Biagi-Bruer said, “We are grateful to COUNTRY Financial’s Helping Heros Program and our local representative, Matt Hostetter, for their generous donation to put towards the purchase of a new ID card and credentialing system. This project will have a positive overarching effort on all of our country first responders.”

COUNTRY Financial will donate more than $3 million in 2020 through its Operation Helping Heroes program to organizations and programs that support first responders and active duty service members, carrying out the company’s vision to “enrich lives in the communities we serve.”

The Operation Helping Heroes program was created in 2015 to support non-profit events and programs that benefit active duty service members, veterans and their families. In 2019, COUNTRY Financial expanded the program and donated $700,000 to approximately 500 first responder and military organizations.