Letcher Volunteer Fire Department receives grant

Funds will go toward thermal imaging equipment

LETCHER — The Letcher Volunteer Fire Department recently received a grant for potentially life-saving equipment from the Bayer Fund.

The grant, in the amount of $2,500, was used to purchase thermal imaging cameras for the department. The heat-sensing cameras will assist firemen in locating potential victims of housefires, as well as helping to find hot spots to aid in extinguishing embers in the blaze.

The purchase was made possible by a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Bayer Fund. The three community outreach programs sponsored by the Bayer Fund have given more than $53 million to rural American since 2010.

More on the programs can be found at

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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