First responders in the city of Allentown are receiving home monitoring devices from State Farm and Canary as part of the "Protect the Protector" program.
State Farm and Canary representatives kicked-off the national program this morning at a news conference held at Allentown's Mack South Fire Station. More than 350 Allentown police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel are eligible to participate. Many of them received their devices at the conclusion of the news conference.
Beginning this year and continuing throughout 2016, the program will identify communities of first responders across the country, and donate Canary devices to police, fire and EMS professionals for use in their homes.
"Every day thousands of Americans wake up and go to work to protect the people in their community," said Jon Troutman, Canary Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. "They dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, and we wanted to do something to help keep their homes and families safe while they're on the job."
This opportunity builds on an existing relationship between State Farm and Canary, announced earlier this year. State Farm has a history of supporting first responders and their families through scholarships and other initiatives, and this new program expands upon the successful State Farm Arson Dog Program, a canine training program for law enforcement and firefighters that has grown to include departments in 44 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and the District of Columbia.
"State Farm has close ties to first responders, and we're excited to look for new opportunities to show thanks for those who serve their community," said Heather Paul, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist. "A program like this helps everyone and gives State Farm agents a chance to show their support for these brave men and women.”
"We can't thank State Farm and Canary enough," said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. "I am very grateful that they selected Allentown for the start of the program and I know that the men and women who are our first responders and the members of their families feel the same."
Future communities have already been identified, and the next iteration of Protect the Protectors will roll out early January in Virginia.