Support for Local Firefighters and Police

Sen. Bernie Sanders continued to travel in southern Vermont on Wednesday during which he announced more federal support for youth services and senior centers, and a grant for a local police department. After touring the southeastern corner of the state on Tuesday, Sanders drove through the Connecticut River valley, visiting Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield, Fairlee and White River Junction. Sanders announced $200,000 for the Springfield Police Department to upgrade their communications

Sen. Bernie Sanders continued to travel in southern Vermont on Wednesday during which he announced more federal support for youth services and senior centers, and a grant for a local police department. After touring the southeastern corner of the state on Tuesday, Sanders drove through the Connecticut River valley, visiting Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield, Fairlee and White River Junction. Sanders announced $200,000 for the Springfield Police Department to upgrade their communications equipment. Sanders also dropped by the Bellows Falls Fire Department to congratulate the department on their recent acquisition of a new ladder truck. Sanders had helped secure the $475,000 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security in order to purchase the truck, which replaced a ready-for-retirement, 42-year-old version.

In Brattleboro, Sanders announced $60,000 to help Youth Services of Windham County expand its "Drop in Nights" program, a youth program which organizes substance-free gatherings focused on developing vocational and life skills. In Bellows Falls, Sanders helped secure $380,000 to significantly upgrade the region's fitness facilities. Sanders also continued his support for senior centers. He secured $28,845 for the Brattleboro Senior Center, $39,100 for the Bellows Falls Senior Center, and $20,400 for the Springfield Senior Center.

Last weekend, Sanders hosted public events in St. Albans and St. Johnsbury. The tour wraps up with a town meeting on Thursday in Montpelier with Professor William Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.

To learn more about the upcoming town meeting, click here.