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Byline: Jeffrey Kanige

New Jersey American Water donated $10,000 to two organizations that provide support to first responders around the state, the Camden-based utility said in a May 26 statement.

The company gave $5,000 each to the EMS Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Firemen's Home. The EMS Council provides a forum for members of volunteer first aid and rescue squads to work on improving ambulance service around the state and learn new techniques. The Firemen's Home is the only licensed nursing home facility dedicated to serving retired firefighters.

"Our member organizations are comprised of volunteers who rely on donations and fundraisers to buy equipment and PPE. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of numerous fundraising activities for our squads, so we're grateful for New Jersey American Water's support during this difficult time," said Barbara Platt, president of the EMS Council, in a statement.

"New Jersey American Water's contribution to our COVID-19 relief fund will help us purchase the essential supplies needed to protect the health of our residents, staff, and nurses who are working very hard during this difficult time," said Hugh Flood...

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