Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced a $10,792.78 grant to the Framingham Police Department to fund the purchase of additional water rescue equipment for the department.
According to Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker, water emergencies have climbed sharply across the state this year and it has become apparent that appropriate water rescue equipment is essential to preserve lives.
“Police department personnel are usually the first on scene in an emergency. The desire and duty to assist someone in danger is strong in each of our officers. However, as we have seen recently, sometimes the outcomes in waterborne emergencies is tragic,” said Baker. “Our officers need to be prepared for the worst, so the outcome can be the best. Our intention is to have every cruiser and unmarked police vehicle equipped with appropriate water rescue equipment.”
“We want to ensure that our police personnel have the equipment they need to perform at their best, without putting themselves at unnecessary risk,” said Haranas.