LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT: In May, James Koch and Sergeant Eric Nester, both with the Broken Arrow Police Department, accepted a donation worth over $20,000 on behalf of the BAPD from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
In May, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded the Broken Arrow Police Department 20 automated external defibrillators (s) and 120 vented chest seals, valued at $23,838.
The s will be placed in police cruisers as a way for officers to provide medical assistance if an individual goes into cardiac arrest. The chest seals will provide first aid for victims suffering from chest traumas, including collisions and stab wounds.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As a way to do more, they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non profit organization has given more than $25 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including more than $550,000 in Oklahoma.
Each Firehouse Subs restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the foundation. Donation canisters on register counters collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.