Johnson County’s Rural Fire Department No. 6 is going to be able to invest in life-saving technologies for the Clarksville community thanks to a $13,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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After a serious accident involving Zeola Yeager and her son Randal happened earlier in 2023, the department realized its need for a new, fully operational Jaws of Life. The funds from the Arvest Foundation’s grant will help Rural Fire Department No. 6 upgrade its Jaws of Life tool.

Arvest associates were on hand to present the check in person to Yeager, her son and members of the Rural Fire Department.

“I’m so happy to be alive,” Yeager said, “and that my bank is doing this to save lives.”

“Our commitment to our community goes beyond providing financial products and services. Zeola’s story highlighted to us the important role a well-equipped emergency response team is for a rural community,” said Arvest Assistant Branch Manager Britney Hogeland. “We are absolutely honored to present this grant on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to Rural Fire Department No. 6 and make sure they have the proper equipment for when life-saving measures are needed.”