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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 08/21/2017

WPS Foundation awards $50,000 to first responders to strengthen public safety

Annual safety grants will assist 28 agencies this year

Ashwaubenon, Wis. - To show support for those who strive to improve public safety each day, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation has awarded a total of $50,000 to 28 emergency response agencies as part of the foundation's annual safety grants. The winners were unveiled during a surprise presentation of new water rescue equipment and safety tools to the Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety earlier this morning.

A record 108 emergency response agencies across northeastern and north central Wisconsin submitted applications this spring for the WPS Foundation safety grants. The grants are awarded to first responders to assist with purchasing equipment or funding training that enhances public safety. Thermal imaging cameras, water rescue suits and tools, weather radios and police tactical gear are among the items this year's grants will help fund.

"The WPS Foundation safety grants demonstrate our company's commitment to safety, both for our employees and for the communities we serve," said Karmen Lemke, administrator of the WPS Foundation. "We are proud to provide our local first responders with the tools they need to keep our communities safe."

Including this year's grants, the WPS Foundation has donated more than $200,000 to help first responders improve the safety of their communities since the grant's inception in 2014.

To qualify for a grant, emergency response agencies must demonstrate the equipment or training they will acquire is part of a well-detailed effort to improve public safety. Organizations may also request a grant to fund safety-related projects if they are unique, one-time efforts.

A complete list of the 2017 safety grant winners can be found here. More information about the WPS Foundation safety grants is available on the WPS website at

About Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is funded by company shareholders, not by the customers of its utility subsidiaries, and is in its 53rd year. Through direct grants, scholarships and an employee Matching Gifts program, the foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in the communities served by Wisconsin Public Service. Since its inception, the foundation has provided nearly $32 million in contributions to programs that support work in the areas of arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, human services and health, and care for the environment.

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