Duke Energy donates $100K to firefighters battling WNC wildfires

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSPA) – Duke Energy says they will be donating $100,000 to the firefighters who are battling the Western Carolina wildfires.

The company says they will give $75,000 to the Western North Carolina Firefighters Association, and $25,000 to the South Carolina Firefighters’ Foundation.

“Firefighters have been working around the clock for weeks to save lives, protect homes and defend Duke Energy infrastructure from the flames,” said Shawn Heath, president, Duke Energy Foundation. “These men and women are on the front lines protecting our communities. We are glad to make this contribution to aid their ongoing efforts.”

In North Carolina, Duke Energy is donating $75,000 to help fire departments replace equipment and supplies depleted through wildfire response. A review committee will be created to determine the allocation of funds to fire departments in the region.

“On behalf of the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters, we are honored and humbled by the donation provided to the association by Duke Energy,” said Curt Deaton, president of Western North Carolina Firefighters Association.

“The firefighters that serve the western part of our great state have had some long and sleepless days and nights due to the wildfires that have affected several counties in our district. Working side by side with emergency management and Duke Energy, our association is committed to assisting our membership with this donation.”

In South Carolina, the company is donating $25,000 to help those fire agencies that have been responding to fires in South Carolina. They will also establish a committee to determine allocation of funds to help fire agencies replace equipment and supplies.

“The Duke Energy team reached out early to the agencies involved in fighting the fire on Pinnacle Mountain to ask, ‘What can we do?’” said Phil Leventis, director of development of the South Carolina State Firefighters Foundation. “This kind of support from our community partners is always instrumental in helping the men and women dedicated to protecting our communities do their critically important jobs.”

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