The City of Vancouver has received a donation from the Anna and Walter Hammon Charitable Trust. The donation includes $16,000 for the K-9 unit of the Vancouver Police Department and $16,000 for the Vancouver Fire Department for the purchase of new firefighting and/or lifesaving equipment that is otherwise not already provided for in the City of Vancouver, Washington, budget for such purposes. The trust is administered by the Rotary Foundation of Ellensburg.
Anna and Walter were long-time residents of Vancouver and appreciated their community and its services. Anna had a particular love of dogs, always with one at her side.
“Anna Hammon was a local resident that had a desire through certain turns of fate in her life, to provide, through her estate for public safety programs. Her desire for the fire department was that her money would be used in an established safety program, or more importantly, to support a new program within the fire department. As it turned out, we were in the midst of establishing support for our Marine Program and sustainable funding for marine response and river safety. The money that Vancouver Fire has received from Anna's estate has been earmarked to a dedicated fund for continued support of our marine program, water safety and response”, said Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina.
Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain says, “The Vancouver Police Department’s primary mission is to prevent and reduce crime. To this end, our K9 unit is an essential element. I want to express my sincere appreciation for the generous donation from the Anna Hammon fund to the Vancouver Police K9 unit. This donation will be used to fund training and equipment needs for the K9s and their handlers. We truly appreciate all the support the community provides to our department.”