Illinois American Water Awards Approximately $70,200 through 2012 Firefighter Grant Program

Approximately $70,200 will be awarded to 65 fire departments across the state through Illinois American Water’s 2012 Firefighter Grant Program.  The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.  Since creation, the program has resulted in 148 grants totaling approximately $173,000 awarded across the state.

“We are committed to supporting our local fire departments,” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water.  “This program enables us to further support fire protection in the communities we serve and partner with our local fire fighters.”

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants up to $1,500 to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling
equipment, training materials and classroom programs.  The grants presented by Illinois American Water were presented to the following Illinois fire departments:

Northern Illinois
Des Plaines Fire Department      
Elgin Fire Department
City of Elmhurst Fire Department

Homer Township Fire Protection District      
Lemont Fire Protection District
Morris Fire Protection District
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District      
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District        
South Beloit Fire and Rescue
Sterling Fire Department
Streator Fire Department

Dana Fire Protection District
Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Inc.        
Long Point Community Volunteer Fire Protection District
Reading Volunteer Fire Department

Central Illinois

Edge-Scott Fire Protection District
St. Joseph – Stanton Fire Protection District

Tolono Fire Protection District
Urbana Fire Rescue Services
Tuscola Fire Department

Lincoln Fire Department
Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District

Cincinnati Fire Protection District
Pekin Fire Department

Dunlap Fire Protection District
Limestone Township Fire Protection
Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District
Tuscarora Fire Department
City of Peoria Fire Department
West Peoria Fire Protection District

Pontiac Fire & Rescue
Saunemin Fire Protection District

Southern Illinois
Alton Fire Department
Godfrey Fire Protection District      
QEM Fire Protection District
Holiday Shores Fire Department

City of Cairo Fire Department
Cairo Auxiliary Fire Department
Belleville Fire Department      
Columbia Fire Protection District
Church Road Fire Protection District      
East St. Louis Fire Department      
East Side Fire Protection District
Fairmont City Fire Department
Fairview Caseyville Township FP District

French Village Fire Department
Granite City Fire Department
Hamel Community Volunteer Fire Protection District
Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Madison Fire Department
Mascoutah Fire Department
Millstadt Union FD/Millstadt FPD
Mitchell Fire Department      
Northwest St Clair County Fire Protection District
O'Fallon Fire Department
Sauget Fire Department      
Signal Hill Fire Department      
St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department
Swansea Fire Department
Villa Hills Volunteer Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department        

About Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality
and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and
research laboratory in Belleville.  Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in
Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately
15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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