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April 18, 2014

Police give firemen a leg up, donate hundreds of pants

CHICKASHA —

The Chickasha Police Department recently donated about 250 pairs of out-of-date uniform pants to volunteers at the Grady County Fire Department.

The Chickasha City Council approved the donation of police uniform equipment to other law enforcement entities during the last city council meeting.

"The fire department appreciates the donation as there are little funds available to purchase uniforms for the fire fighters of the county," Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson said. "The departments all depend on donations from private citizens and other agencies for most of their funding."

The cost to buy new pants for the volunteers would be approximately $10,000, according to the police department.

Chickasha Police Major Elip Moore said the police department has been slowly integrating new uniforms into use for the last six months.

"When people leave [the department], they turn in their uniform and equipment, so [the department] has extra shirts, pants, gun belts…" Moore said.

He said the equipment has been accumulating for the last five or six years, but most of the equipment is in good enough condition to be re-used.

"With our recent change to a more functional uniform for our officers, we no longer needed the uniforms that had accumulated over the years and are glad that we were able to donate these items to the volunteers who are helping communities throughout the county," CPD Chief Eddie Adamson said.

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