The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office thanks the folks at Supreme Safety Inc. in Northampton Township for their donation of 3,000 N-95 masks to area first responders.
Because of their generosity, first responders from 49 agencies in Bucks and Montgomery counties – police, fire and EMS, as well as Bucks County Detectives – are heading to work better equipped to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the DA’s office said.
“It was so fulfilling for me to do something to give back to those who are protecting us,” said Supreme Safety’s owner Annette Patchell. “Not only am I trying to flatten the curve, I’m trying to prevent people from being on the curve to begin with.”
Patchell said she ordered the masks in January when her supply ran out, and decided to donate the entire shipment rather than charging agencies for the protective gear. When the supplies arrived, the staff promptly divvied up and distributed the masks to local first responders.
“Hard times have a way of bringing out the best in our communities, and Bucks County stands as a shining example,” said District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub.
“Supreme Safety’s generosity will not just have a major positive impact on the safety of our first responders, but also on the morale of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across our region.”
The donation came the same week Bucks County Emergency Services announced it had received a large shipment of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) from several sources, including N-95 masks from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile. Emergency Services distributed those items among first responders, hospitals, long-term care centers and other in-need facilities.