Parx Casino presented a $10,000 check to the Lenape Valley Foundation to support the operation of the Bucks County First Responder Peer Support Program. The 24/7 crisis hotline was established by State Representative Frank Farry (R-142) in January of this year and serves all Bucks County first responders and their family members.
Farry was inspired to create the hotline after two local first responders committed suicide within a short time period.
“Our first responders save lives daily, but they also respond to many tragedies and that can really take a toll on someone’s mental well-being over time,” Farry noted. The hotline fielded seven calls within the first three months of the programs open.
This past Friday, State Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) helped coordinate the donation and hosted the presentation in his Bensalem office.
“I would like to thank Parx Casino for its continued support as a community partner in Bucks County,” Tomlinson said. “This money is going to help take care of our first responders, who have continuously and tirelessly dedicated themselves to our community.”
Ron Davis, Parx Casino director of diversity and community development, delivered the check to representatives from the Lenape Valley Foundation.
“Parx Casino is a proud partner with the Lenape Valley Foundation to provide a much-needed program for those who serve and protect us in the community,” Davis said.
Sharon Curran, chief operations officer for the Lenape Valley Foundation, believes this grant will offset the creation of the hotline.
“The hotline is staffed by volunteers,” Curran explained, “but incurs expenses for equipment such as phones and computers for data collection.”
Rep. Farry serves as a volunteer firefighter and chief of Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company hopes to expand the first responder crisis model statewide.
Farry revealed, “That’s something I’m working on in Harrisburg.”
Calls will be routed through Lenape Valley Foundation crisis center. Once you identify yourself as a first responder, you will be transferred to a volunteer peer first responder who will speak with you over the phone.
Police Call: 267-893-5200
All Other First Responders Call: 267-893-5400