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Senators secure grant to save Saginaw firefighter jobs

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced Thursday monetary support for the Saginaw Fire Department to retain firefighters. 

The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program.

The Saginaw police and fire departments were set to have cuts kick in as early as July 1 as the city worked to eliminate a deficit. Now at least some of those first responders will still be holding down a job.

"Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Saginaw," said Stabenow. "This grant will help the Saginaw Fire Department keep firefighters on the job to better protect the public."

"Firefighters are on the frontlines every day, protecting lives, homes and property in their community," said Levin. "This grant will help ensure that the Saginaw Fire Department has the firefighters it needs to protect the people of Saginaw."

"With this funding of $2.3 million dollars, 15 firefighters' jobs will be saved," said Saginaw Fire Department Lieutenant Aileen Pettinger. "On behalf of the Saginaw Fire Department, I would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Senators Stabenow and Levin, Representative Kildee, as well as all of their staff for their invaluable assistance during this entire process."

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