Cherokee Fire check

Todd Payne, Chief Executive Officer for Amicalola EMC, presents a $7,000 check to Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather.

Todd Payne, Chief Executive Officer for Amicalola AMC, donated a $7,000 check to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Monday.

The money from the EMC is collected each month from their Operation Round-Up program. Each month, Amicalola EMC “round ups” the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1999, the electric cooperative has been able to donate $2.4 million dollars to individuals and charitable organizations within their service area.

Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather, said the funds will go into the Fire Explorer Program. The explorer program is a career-based learning opportunity and is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire and emergency services.

“The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country,” Prather said.

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