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Devon Energy recently presented $110,000 in donations to eight emergency-responder programs in Eddy and Lea counties.

Devon has launched an emergency response grant program in the two southeastern New Mexico counties to help address funding needs of local law enforcement, fire and EMS service organizations. Applications from eight departments were selected as award recipients.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of a $25,000 grant and will use the funds to purchase two off-road utility-task vehicles. The Lea County Office of Emergency Management is the recipient of a $25,000 grant that will allow them to purchase radios for response coordination among state police, emergency management and fire services in both Eddy and Lea counties.

Devon also presented $10,000 grants to six local volunteer fire departments: Atoka Volunteer Fire Department, Riverside Volunteer Fire Department and Joel Volunteer Fire Department in Eddy County; and Jal Volunteer Fire Department, Eunice Fire and Rescue and Knowles Fire Department in Lea County.

These grants will be used to purchase tools, equipment and vehicles to assist the emergency responders when responding to emergencies in the rural areas of southeastern New Mexico and the Delaware Basin.

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“Atoka Fire has always received support from the community and taxpayers, but it’s through partnerships with great companies like Devon Energy that we’re able to have the latest equipment,” said Jarod Zuniga of the Atoka Volunteer Fire Department. “The money will allow for Atoka to have better life-saving equipment at the scene of an auto crash much more quickly. We’re hoping this partnership will result in lives saved for residents of Eddy County and anyone passing through.”

“Our local emergency responders work selflessly to protect our communities,” said Devon Energy Senior Operations Superintendent Dan Werner. “Devon is proud to support the departments’ efforts to overcome the challenges of responding to emergencies in rural areas.”

The contributions to these emergency response departments in Eddy and Lea counties are part of Devon’s commitment to safety in the company’s operating areas.