San Marcos Fire Department Assistant Chief Karl Kuhlman, right, receives check from Tanger Outlets General Manager John Lairsen, left and Darwin Hoel as Santa. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS
Fire Chief Les Stephens, left, receives a donation from Sam’s Club. With him are (from left) Donna Vickers and Derell Biggs of Sam’s Club, Battalion Chief Aaron Crawford and Melinda Villarreal. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS
San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp, right, receives check from Tanger Outlets Assistant General Manager John Lairsen, left, and Darwin Hoel as Santa. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS
Businesses pitch in to help local fire, police
The San Marcos Police and Fire Departments have received generous gifts from businesses in San Marcos this holiday season.
Assistant General Manager, John Lairsen, of Tanger Outlets, presented the San Marcos fire and police departments with a check for $1,000 dollars each on Dec. 19.
“The donation checks were presented to the San Marcos Fire Department and San Marcos Police Department for their so very much appreciated service in the community,” Lairsen said.
“We are very fortunate to have Tanger Outlets continued support over the years,” said Fire Chief Les Stephens. “We are very grateful for Tanger Outlet Mall’s thinking of us and graciously contributing to our efforts to make the city of San Marcos an even better place to live and visit.”
Donations to the Fire Department go toward items such as public education materials, smoke detectors and firefighting equipment.
“The San Marcos Police Department is grateful for our partnership with Tanger Outlets, and we are excited to put their generous donation to good use toward our goal of making San Marcos a safer community,” said Chase Stapp, Chief of Police. “Each year, we use donation funds such as these to fund projects which would not normally be funded through the regular budget process. We look forward to turning the Tanger donation into real public service hardware.”
In November, Sam’s Club 4958 in San Marcos presented the Fire Department a donation of $1,135. The funds went toward the department’s annual open house and educational activities during Fire Prevention Month in October.
“We are very grateful for Sam’s Club generosity and graciously contributing to our efforts to educate our residents, especially children, in fire safety and prevention,” Stephens said. “They are a wonderful partner.”
• Submitted by the city of San Marcos