Crews have installed three additional banners as part of my Blue Star Banner program. The banners were for service members Sergeant Ricardo Bonano, U.S. Marine Corps; Sergeant Ravyn D. Ramos, U.S. Army; and Specialist 38th SB Amanda Story, U.S. Army.
The Blue Star Banner initiative started in May 2014 and recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed.
I encourage family and friends of deployed military personnel to complete an application at www.cityoffortwayne.org/bluestarbanner. Once the applications are reviewed, banners will be made and displayed on light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park. Banners are displayed through November and then removed during the winter months.
The 2018 Fort Wayne Police Department Pink Badge Campaign will run October 1 – 31. The Pink Badge will be available for a $2 donation at local Lassus Handy Dandy Convenience Stores, Fort Wayne Preferred Automotive Group locations, Fire/Police City/County Federal Credit Union locations and Lutheran Health Network gift shops. Individuals who donate $2 or more will receive a Pink Badge cling that can be placed in a vehicle window or office window to proudly display participation in this fundraising effort. Monies raised during the campaign will be distributed equally to both the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana in order to conduct research and provide needed items to cancer patients. Last year the Pink Badge Campaign raised over $8,000. We hope to top that this year!
This is a good time to offer citizens a friendly reminder that all dogs and cats living within city limits must be registered with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. Registering your pets is easy! You can quickly purchase a registration online, mail in your registration or visit the shelter during normal business hours. An annual pet registration is just $5 for all spayed or neutered pets and free for citizens 62 years and older. Annual registration for unaltered pets is $100. The most affordable option is a lifetime registration for $30 for pets that are spayed or neutered and microchipped. Lifetime pet registrations for citizens 62 years and older is just $5. If your pet is microchipped, be sure all your information is up to date so you can quickly be contacted in case they get loose. Pets must wear their pet registration tags at all times. You can find more information at this link: www.cityoffortwayne.org/permits/register-your-pet.html
Recently, with the support of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, the Fort Wayne Fire Department was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The $41,364 award will help the department replace a fill station, providing a reliable air supply to the department’s Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) packs. This new air bottle fill station will ensure that our firefighters continue to have clean breathing air, and will help to decrease firefighter cancer and asbestosis rates.
I’d like to thank Senator Donnelly for providing support toward the protection of our firefighters. Keeping our firefighters safe and healthy, now and in the future, is an important part of our commitment to public safety. The Fort Wayne Fire Department is a critical component of the outstanding quality of life we enjoy in Fort Wayne.
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