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Cudahy Fire Department receives a donation of $50,000 for new equipment

Published on 31 March 2011
Larry Pope presents cheque to Cudahy Fire Department
Larry Pope, President and CEO of Smithfield Foods gave the cheque at Cudahy Fire Department's Station No. 2

Smithfield Foods family of companies donated $50,000  to Cudahy Fire Department as well as thanked firefighters for their bravery, dedication during 2009 plant fire.

Smithfield Foods, Inc., John Morrell, Inc. and Patrick Cudahy, Inc. announced Monday they are donating $50,000 to the Cudahy Fire Department in appreciation of the outstanding work by the city's firefighters in battling the fire at the Patrick Cudahy plant in 2009.

The Cudahy Fire Department is considering using the money to purchase a mobile command center that can be used to coordinate public safety assets during emergencies. A cheque presentation was made Monday afternoon at the Cudahy Fire Department's Fire Station No. 2.

"I would like to extend my thanks again to the Cudahy Fire Department and all of the other public safety personnel from around southeastern Wisconsin and neighboring states who responded so quickly and professionally to the fire at our plant," said Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods.

"And I also want to thank the citizens of Cudahy, and our fellow business people, for all of their support during that difficult time," Pope added.

"We are truly indebted to the Cudahy firefighters and all of the other fine public servants from more than 64 fire and police departments who worked tirelessly to save a local tradition," said Bill Otis, president and chief operating officer of Patrick Cudahy. "Because of their expertise, bravery and hard work, no one was injured during the fire at our plant nearly two years ago. And we're so very grateful for that."

Cudahy Mayor Tony Day thanked Smithfield Foods and Patrick Cudahy "for their longstanding commitment to our city. Patrick Cudahy has been providing good jobs for generations of our citizens, and the company has been a vital and active member of our community since it located here in 1892."

Patrick Cudahy is a subsidiary of John Morrell. Both are part of the Smithfield Foods family of companies.

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