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October 3, 2011

MELISSA MACKEY

Staff Writer

As a preventative maintenance measure, the Liberty Township Fire Department’s generators will be maintained through a new agreement with a Hilliard-based company.

Liberty Township Trustees on Monday approved a maintenance agreement with Cummins Bridgeway LLC of Hilliard for its three fire department generators.

The company, which placed the best and lowest bid with the township, will do an annual two-hour testing, as well as two additional visits for $1,856.17 a year.

Liberty Township Fire Chief Tim Jensen also told trustees that the department earned a $19,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to replace 19 sections of yellow hose on the township’s three front line fire trucks.

All told, Liberty has been able to bring in $1.1 million in grants for the fire department, which represents 10 percent of the budget, Jensen said.

In other business, the trustees declared November as Pancreatic Awareness Month for the second year in a row.

Resident Amy Crim Macko is the Central Ohio Advocacy Coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and has asked the township to declare last November and this November as an awareness month to bring attention to the deadly disease.

Crim Macko’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and died five months later. She asked trustees to help get the word out about a state bill called the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act, which would ensure a national strategic plan for defeating the disease.

An estimated 1,550 Ohioans will die from pancreatic cancer this year, Crim Macko said. Although pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of all cancers, it is the least funded.