BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Elks Lodge #781 recently made a generous donation to the Mena Fire Department and the Polk County Courthouse. Elks’ Secretary Cheryl Smith said they purchased a special taser for the courtroom in the Polk County Courthouse. Smith explained that it is specifically for courtroom use and along with the taser they purchased a holster and cartridges costing approximately $1,400 in total.
The Elks’ Esteemed League Knight Brian Thompson said, “We’ve been helping the infrastructure of our County for more than 100 years. Each year we try to find something to help sponsor the local law enforcement or rural and city fire departments. We decide how much we can spend and vote on what we can do.” With that in mind, the Elks had pledged $2,000 total so with the leftover funds, they asked Mena Fire Department if they had any items that they needed help purchasing.
The Fire Department did express needs and received several new pieces of gear to outfit on their engines costing around $700. Three new wrench bags that will attached to the hoses were purchased so that firefighters can have quicker access to the tools they need while running a hose. Also purchased were three new poles that will aid the firefighters during salvage operations.
Mena Fire Chief John Puckett thanked the Elks for their support. “We’re thankful to the Elks for helping their community out. They gave us money last year and again this year and everything helps. That’s the way we keep up with new ideas that we want to try.”