LCRA awards $2,800 grant to first responders

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LCRA representatives present a $2,800 grant to the San Saba County First Responder Organization to purchase medical supplies. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Stan Weik, City of San Saba city manager; Martha Leigh M. Whitten, LCRA Board member; Byron Theodosis, San Saba County judge; Marsha Hardy, San Saba Emergency Management coordinator; Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; and Chris Perry, San Saba County First Responder Organization coordinator.

The San Saba County First Responder Organization will be able to purchase medical supplies thanks to a $2,800 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant will allow the organization to purchase medical kits and oxygen delivery systems to provide early medical care and support while patients wait for EMS to arrive.

Chris Perry, San Saba County First Responder Organization coordinator, said there is one ambulance on call for all of San Saba County, but help may be more than hour away if the ambulance has already been called out or has taken a patient to a hospital in another county.

“Early medical care is critical for a patient’s survival and recovery,” Perry said. “This grant will help us serve our community better. Organizations like this are becoming more important as rural medical care is becoming harder and harder to come by.”

The San Saba County First Responder Organization formed in 2017 and plans to increase its volunteers to cover every community in San Saba County, which has 6,000 residents. Volunteers take training courses and are certified by the state.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

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