The Peru Rescue Station, Inc. wrote to La Salle-Peru residents last week seeking donations for the independent organization.
The local rescue team was originally established in 1948 and has been in active service for more than 70 years.
With a team composed entirely of trained volunteers, the organization provides rescue services for water and ice related emergencies.
Peru Rescue Station is not funded by the government. Members of the organization are not paid for any time during calls, training or are they reimbursed for any personal expenses.
The station is seeking funds in order to replace outdated equipment in need of upgrades.
Over the past few years the organization has invested the community’s donations to purchase items such as:
• An amphibious water vehicle to better help on land and water rescues
• A new 60 horsepower Mercury motor for a boat.
• Replacement of floatation devices, ropes and rigging.
• A new generator to supply power for flood lighting during nighttime operations.
• Continued training and related expenses to keep our personnel up to date and familiar with water rescue procedures.
• General expenses to maintain the facility, equipment and rising insurance costs on members.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Peru Rescue Station is encouraged to send them to Peru Rescue Station, Inc., Peru Illinois 61354-0154 P.O Box 154.