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Powder River Energy Foundation donation to fund ambulance upgrades for Pine Haven EMS

PRECorp Foundation Directors Mary Yemington and Zeta Nuckolls Anderson are pictured with Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg, and Deanna and George Mirich as they present a $5,000 donation to Pine Haven EMS Saturday, Feb. 3, in Pine Haven. (Photo Courtesy of Powder River Energy)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A $5,000 donation will enable Pine Haven’s Emergency Medical Services team to upgrade its ambulance-mounted defibrillator systems, allowing the team to transmit health data to area hospitals while in transit in an emergency.

The Powder River Energy Foundation Board of Directors made the donation in conjunction with the fifth annual Carl Mirich Memorial Poker Tournament, according to a press release. The tournament raises funds for community improvement projects in Pine Haven, and selected the Pine Haven EMS as this year’s recipients of the money raised.

Event volunteer Charlie Gulley said the donation was vital to upgrading the system, which currently does not have functionality to get data to hospitals. Without that ability, the level of care needed in critical situations is degraded.

“We are very grateful for this tremendous award from the PRECorp Foundation,” Gulley said. “The commitment the Foundation shows to the communities they serve is truly remarkable.”

According to foundation executive director Joe Roth, the Pine Haven community had been raising funds for the effort since last summer. He also highlighted the importance of the upgrades for the safety of the community and nearby visitors.

“Pine Haven and the adjacent Keyhole Reservoir are major recreational areas drawing thousands of visitors each year. It is important that the local first responders have updated equipment to ensure people suffering from medical emergencies have the highest level of care when they need it most,” Roth said.