Superior Fire Department receives donation from Pinto Valley Mining

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Superior Town Councilman Michael Alonzo, Pinto Valley Mining General Manager Steve Winkelman and Superior Fire Fighter Mel Martinez.

Hard work and perseverance pays off for Superior Fire Department. The Superior Fire Department applies for grants and donations to help with the fees associated with having a fire department. Due diligence and dedication pays off! On Thursday, May 8, 2014 General Manager, Steve Winkelman and Community Specialist Anna Petty of Pinto Valley Mining (Capstone Mining) presented a check to the Superior Fire Department in the amount of $3,000.

Pinto Valley Mining received a request for a donation to assist the Fire Department in obtaining personal protective equipment. “We commend all the efforts that the volunteers provide to the Town of Superior and their protective fire events,” said Anna Petty, community specialist for Pinto Valley Mining.

The check presented to the Superior Fire Department is to be utilized towards firefighter turnout gear (personal protective equipment) specifically for their reserve/volunteer participants. Present to accept the check was Reserve/Volunteer Firefighter Mel A. Martinez and Superior Town Councilman Michael Alonzo. 

Prior to the presentation of the funding, the visit began with introductions and a tour of the station. Members present were Firefighter/Paramedics John Allison, Tim Gatto, Jerry Campos, Bonnie Mariscal and Firefighter/EMT Jason Barragon. The tour was facilitated by Mel Martinez and Councilman Alonzo. Steve Winkelman had a number of questions ranging from department history, area of coverage, equipment, training to make and models of the apparatus’s. The tour was detailed and greatly appreciated by the Pinto Valley (Capstone) representatives. 

Councilman Alonzo stated, “We constantly encourage our departments to research funding avenues, such as grants, donations, etc.  Mel has solely embraced this challenge and as a result of his efforts we’ve inherited $3,000 and a positive relationship with Pinto Valley (Capstone) Mining.” Mel began researching funding options in an effort to replace out of service and deteriorating protective gear for the new and existing Reserve/Volunteers. After months of research and communication, Pinto Valley (Capstone) was honored to donate the funding towards the Superior Fire Department Reserve/Volunteer program. 

It was with great pleasure the Superior Fire Department and the Town of Superior accepted this generous donation. Steve Winkelman thanked the town and the department for their service and expressed interest in future joint training opportunities. Mel Martinez is a third generation Superiorite whom like all our fire and emergency service personnel are dedicated to preserving life, property and an overall feeling of comfort towards the people who reside and visit Superior. Congratulations to the Superior Fire Department!

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