Selectmen, Fire and Police Chiefs, Honor Oracle for Community Contributions

The Board of Selectmen, Police Chief Michael Kent and Fire Chief Steven Yetman honored representatives from Oracle for the company's contributions to the town.

The Board of Selectmen honored the for contributions to the community.

Selectman Robert Hogan read the following proclamation:

Whereas, since 2004, with Oracle's generosity through their "Community Giving Program" Oracle has donated more than $62,000 dollars to the Burlington Fire Department.

Items funded from these donations have been: gas meters, washers/extractor, Ventmaster, radios, vehicle intercoms, portable radios, hydraulic cutter and a hydraulic ram, among others.

The most recent donation will purchase a new Hazard House for public education programs targeted to children and seniors.

And Whereas, Oracle Corporation purchased Sun Microsystems in 2009 and since 1998, Sun and Oracle employees have donated more than 2,000 volunteer hours to the Town of Burlington through Recreation Maintenance.

Hundreds of Oracle/Sun employees have helped construct a playground at , landscaped the town common, helped construct a playground at Pathwoods Tot Lot, helped paint the West School, helped construct a playground at TRW Park, cleaned up at Grandview Farm , painted buildings at Simonds Park, landscaped Rahanis Park, helped clean up Mill Pond Reservoir, landscaped town hall, fire station, police station and human services building, and the list goes on.

And Whereas the Burlington Police Department recently received a donation of $10,400 from Oracle. A portion of these funds will be used to purchase a Mobile Command Center. Also to be funded with this donation will be a program on the dangers of texting while driving.

In addition, more than $15,000 has been donated to the Burlington Police Department in the last several years, such as: Traffic trailer/radar sign, National Night out, K-9, Command vault box for command vehicle, File of Life emergency contact info cards, supports the Alcohol Free Weekend, and much more.

Now, therefore, the Burlington Board of Selectmen do hereby acknowledge, with great appreciation, the effort and dedication of Oracle, that being good neighbors is important, and giving back to the community means a great deal, and that the Burlington Board of Selectmen encourage all of its citizens to join us in recognizing the extraordinary contributions of Oracle, and the extraordinary volunteers who work there.

Following the reading of the proclamation Police Chief Michael Kent also thanked the company.

"I was only here a couple weeks when the phone rang and you said you had a big check for us," he said to the Oracle reps. "That was a nice call to get and we appreciate it. Oracle is a great neighbor and the police department is indebted."

Fire Chief Steve Yetman agreed.

"I echo Chief Kent," he said. "Oracle as been a great supporter of public safety."


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