Bill Kempf, who lives and farms southwest of Dawson, directed a $2,500 donation to the Perry Firefighters Association as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.


As part of their mission the Perry Firefighters Association will use the funds to purchase fire hose and hydrant connection fittings for the Perry Volunteer Fire Department. This will give the firefighters the capability of connecting the fire apparatus to various water supply sources both in town and in the rural community.


Kempf is a lifelong member of the Dawson community and has resided and farmed in Dallas Township his entire life. He was also a 48-year member of the Dawson Fire Department and served as the chief of that department for many years.


In 2016, the Dawson Fire Department merged with the Perry Volunteer Fire Department. At that time, the Perry department took over fire protection for the community of Dawson and the remaining portions of Dallas and Lincoln Townships that were previously protected by the Dawson department.


Since the merger of the two departments, Kempf has continued his service as a firefighter. He now serves as the Chief of the Dawson Station of the Perry Fire Department, where he just completed his 50th year of service.


Kempf thought what better way to support his community and help fund a 50-year passion of being a firefighter than to turn the $2,500 award over to the Perry Firefighters Association.


The Perry Firefighters Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization made up of members of the fire department, along with some members and businesses in the community. The purpose of the Perry Firefighters Association is a benevolent organization that, among many activities in the community, also assists the Perry Volunteer Fire Department in purchasing tools, equipment and other supplies not regularly covered by the fire department budget.


On behalf of the Cities of Dawson and Perry, the rural community surrounding these towns and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, we thank Bill Kempf for naming the Perry Firefighters Association as the nonprofit recipient of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program award of $2,500.


The Perry Firefighters Association, along with the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, would also like to thank Monsanto for creating such a program, said Kimberly Coleman-Laws, association president and Chris Hinds, Fire Chief.


Since it began in 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.