Grants Will Help Fund Ballistic Vests for Salisbury Fire Department

Group of people standing in front of a fire truck holidng a donation check

Salisbury, MD – The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and donors recently granted $73,000 to the Salisbury Fire Department to fund ballistic vests needed to protect paramedics and fire fighters who are exposed to risk as they provide life-saving support to the community. Additional funding is still needed to meet the estimated $90,000 needed to outfit department personnel.

The ballistic vests will help protect paramedics and fire fighters during active shooting events, domestic violence incidents, crisis intervention scenarios, and other dangerous situations. The need for vests became increasingly apparent after recent violent incidents in Salisbury where paramedics had to be shielded by police to reach victims with lifesaving treatment.

“Over the course of several months, our personnel have been placed in harm’s way while treating injured civilians,” states Salisbury Fire Department Chief John Tull. “With personnel unprotected, we have had to retreat back to Fire/EMS units due to large crowds and unruly individuals, ultimately delaying treatment for victims.”

The grant came from the following funds held at the Community Foundation: M.W. & Barrie Tilghman, Jr. Fund, Jim & Jan Perdue Fund, Tony & Donna Gilkerson Fund, Bobbi Biron Fund for Wicomico County, Richard & Patricia Hazel Fund, First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association Fund, and Perdue Family Fund. An additional gift was made by the Perdue Family Charitable Trust.

To learn more about the need or to contribute to ballistic vest funding, please contact the Salisbury Fire Department at 410-548-3120.

Pictured left to right: Donor Advisor Mitzi Perdue, Donor Advisor Tony Gilkerson, Firefighter/EMT Corey Allensworth, Fire Chief John Tull, Sergeant Brandon Records, Firefighter/EMT James Gardiner, Assistant Chief Rob Frampton, CFES President Erica Joseph, Captain David Haines, CFES Program Officer Lauren Ansted, Firefighter/EMT Remington Plunkert (wearing a ballistic vest), Deputy Chief Darrin Scott, Deputy Chief Chris O’Barsky.


About the Community Foundation: As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore.  We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors and have provided $100 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984. We collaborate with individuals, families, and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthen local nonprofits through grants and resources. We are devoted to improving our regional community and believe in the power of philanthropy.

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