Several area fire departments will benefit from grants created in memory of Tom Hancock.
Hancock dedicated his life to serving others. He was a former chief of the Epworth Fire Department and past president of the Iowa Firefighters Association. He had also served as a State Senator and was currently serving as a Dubuque County Supervisor when he passed away in 2016.
To honor his memory and dedication to public service, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors created a fund establishing the Tom Hancock Memorial Fire and EMS Grant Program. Fire and EMS departments from Dubuque County were encouraged to apply for these grants, with the first round recently awarded.
Eight local fire departments have received the Tom Hancock Memorial Fire and EMS Grants, including the Cascade, Farley and Holy Cross/North Buena Vista fire departments, as well as the Worthington and New Vienna/Luxemburg Fire & EMS departments.
The grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000.
New Vienna/Luxemburg received the largest grant of $50,000, which will be used for their fire station project. Cascade’s $20,000 grant will be used for a SCBA air compressor, Farley’s $15,000 grant will help purchase a station generator, Worthington will use their $10,000 grant towards a monitor/defibrillator project and Holy Cross/North Buena Vista plans to put their $5,000 grant towards replacing a generator.