Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard, Fort Wayne Fire Department Chief Timothy Davie and Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Rusty York accepted a $25,000 donation today from Wal-Mart to be used for the Safety Village, 1270 South Phoenix Parkway. The check was presented by John Wolf, Wal-Mart's District Manager, at the Wal-Mart Southtown Centre, 7502 Southtown Crossing.
"Area children have learned important fire and traffic safety lessons at Safety Village," said Mayor Richard. "These funds will help us continue with lifelong lessons for children as we work to be a safer community," he added.
Chief Davie said the Safety Village is the beginning step for many in the prevention and safety lessons they will carry with them for life. He noted, "We thank Wal-Mart for this generous investment in the future of Safety Village. We have Safety Village right next to the Public Safety Academy showing our community that we are committed to the latest safety lessons and training for all ages. Some of these children will take the lessons learned at Safety Village and apply them down the road when they study at the Public Safety Academy to be a firefighter, police officer or public safety provider."
John Wolf said," As part of our commitment to helping increase awareness about safety practices and preparedness in our community, Wal-Mart is proud to partner with Safety Village to teach our children safe practices and to be prepared for the unexpected."
The Safety Village has been in operation since May 1991 and offers children the opportunity to learn about traffic safety steps such as crossing the street as well as fire safety steps like how to get out of a "burning" house and how to make a 9-1-1 emergency call.