Midship donates to rural firefighters

Midship Pipeline Company made recent donations to a number of Garvin County fire departments. From left are Roy Cooper of the Hennepin Fire Department; Bud Ramming, Garvin County Emergency Management director; Brent Balentine, fire chief for Pernell Fire Department; Matt Barr of Midship Pipeline; state Rep. Tim Downing; Eddie Stewart of the Elmore City Fire Department; and Chief Darin Hayden of the Lindsay Fire Department. (Photo provided)

Midship Pipeline Company, known for the Midship Project, has donated $15,625 to some rural fire departments in Garvin County.

Departments receiving $3,125 each include Elmore City, Hennepin, Katie, Lindsay and Pernell.

“I am thankful to Midship for this gift,” said Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell. “This is a boost to the fire departments and the communities they serve. I am grateful for Midship’s investment in first responders across Garvin County.”

The Midship Project is a natural gas pipeline project connecting new gas production from the emerging STACK and SCOOP plays in the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma to growing gulf coast and southeast markets via deliveries to existing pipelines.

When complete, the approximately 200-mile pipeline will run through eight western Oklahoma counties, including Garvin, Kingfisher, Canadian, Grady, Stephens, Carter, Johnston and Bryan.

“Midship is honored to make this donation to these fire departments, where hundreds of brave firefighters are serving and protecting their communities every day, almost all on a purely voluntary basis,” said Brian Hlavinka, project manager of Midship Pipeline Company.

“Midship is pleased to both support the firefighters whose service represents the highest level of selflessness and bravery and to better equip them to serve their communities.”

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture worked with Midship Pipeline Company to identify 64 rural fire departments that are proximate to the pipeline and who could make use of donations to better equip their firefighters as they see fit.

The recent gifts are part of an overall $200,000 donation by Midship to rural fire departments in Oklahoma.

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