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Flint Hills Resources & Koch Pipeline Company Award Grants to Texas First Responders

December 5, 2016

HOUSTON – As part of their 2016 Helping Heroes program, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company have awarded approximately $200,500 to 57 emergency response organizations in central and southeast Texas.
“The Helping Heroes program is one way we support our local first responders,” said Richard Creamer, site director for Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur.  “Each day these dedicated individuals provide essential services to our community. It is nice to return the favor through this grant process.”
“This is a great opportunity to stop and say thank you to the men and women who risk their lives for the safety of our communities,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of southern operations for Koch Pipeline Company. “As the Helping Heroes program continues to grow, we hope these funds will increase individual skills through training and provide the right tools for our emergency responders.”
Grants awarded in 2016 ranged from $1,000 to $10,000 and were determined by a team of internal safety professionals based on the specific needs submitted by applicants. Applications were accepted from June – August 2016. A list of grant recipients is provided below.
Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes grant program in 2012 to support Texas fire departments and emergency responders. The grants have been used for training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs. Through 2016, the companies have awarded approximately $700,000 in grants across the state. 
About Flint Hills Resources
Flint Hills Resources is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in the Midwest and Texas. Its manufacturing capability is built upon six decades of refining experience, and the company has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $13 billion since 2002. Based in Wichita, Kansas, the company has more than 5,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. More at
About Koch Pipeline Company
Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. owns or operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelined in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and chemicals. More at
2016 Helping Heroes recipients:

Bastrop County First Responders Bastrop
Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department Bee
Skidmore Volunteer Fire Department Bee
China Grove Fire & Rescue Bexar
China Grove Police Department Bexar
Harmony Volunteer Fire Department Bexar
Kirby Volunteer Firefighters Inc. Bexar
San Antonio College Dept. of Protective Services Bexar
Caldwell County Office of Homeland Security
& Emergency Management
Anahuac Volunteer Fire Department Chamber
Cove Fire and Rescue Chamber
Mont Belvieu Fire Dept. Chambers
Nederland Fire & Rescue Chambers
Old River - Winfree Volunteer Fire Department Chambers
Lott City Fire Company Falls
Winchester Volunteer Fire Department Fayette
Dickinson  Police Department Galveston
Dickinson  Volunteer Fire Department Galveston
Longview Fire Department Gregg
Cibolo Police Department Guadalupe
McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department Guadalupe
Hardin County ESD 2 (Lumberton Fire & EMS) Hardin
Hardin County ESD 5 Hardin
Kountze Volunteer Fire Department Hardin
Baytown Police Department Harris
La Porte Emergency Management Harris
La Porte Fire Department Harris
La Porte Police Department #2 Harris
Buda Fire Department/Hays County Emergency Services District #8 Hays
South Hays Fire Dept./Hays Co. ESD 3 Hays
Beaumont Emergency Management Jefferson
Groves Fire Department Jefferson
Groves Police Department Jefferson
Port Arthur Fire Department Jefferson
Port Neches Fire Department Jefferson
Karnes City Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Karnes
Karnes County EMS Karnes
Giddings Volunteer Fire Department Lee
Elm Mott Fire Rescue McLennan
Annaville Volunteer Fire Department Nueces
Aransas Pass Fire Department. Nueces
Corpus Christi Fire Department Nueces
Corpus Christi  Police Department Nueces
Bridge City Police Department Orange
Orange Fire Department Orange
Orange County Emergency Management Orange
Ingleside Fire Corps San Patricio
Ingleside on the Bay Volunteer Fire Department San Patricio
Papalote Volunteer Fire Department San Patricio
Portland Fire Department San Patricio
Sinton Volunteer Fire Department San Patricio
Taft Volunteer Fire Department San Patricio
Tri-County EMS San Patricio
Edgecliff Village Fire Department Tarrant
Euless Police Department - Emergency Operations Tarrant
Kennedale Fire Department Tarrant
Southlake Fire Services Tarrant