O’Mara commemorates local fire company’s first “jaws of life” purchase with $15K check

SPRINGFIELD, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, presented Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. with a $15,000 check, which will go toward the purchase of a HURST eDraulic Jaws of Life tool.

The Jaws of Life are a rescue tool commonly used to assist in car accidents, especially when someone is trapped inside a vehicle. The grant awarded will also cover the cost a back-up battery, extending the tool’s life.

“When emergency responders get to the scene of a car crash, time is of the essence and just a few seconds can be the difference between life and death,” O’Mara said. “The Jaws of Life help first responders act as quickly and safely as possible to rescue those in danger. Having this tool available will help Morton-Rutledge Fire Company members better respond to these life-threatening situations.”

O’Mara added that Morton-Rutledge did not have this tool prior to being awarded the grant.

Photos of O’Mara presenting the check and of the Jaws of Life can be found on her website: https://www.pahouse.com/OMara/PhotoGallery?g=4918.  

For more information, residents may call O’Mara’ s office at (610) 544-9878.