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Three groups donate thousands of dollars worth of equipment to EBR first responders

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First responders from East Baton Rouge Parish received a gift from Texas emergency responders Thursday.

International Rescue One, RNR Rescue and Code 3 Medical Services all gathered about $200,000 worth of emergency and medical equipment.

During the flood, EBR first responders used or lost some of their supply. The three agencies wanted to help out, so they dropped off the donation in person.

"As a family, it doesn't matter if we're in Texas, if you're in Louisiana or in New York, the first responder family...it's a family," said Lee Vernon, a Texas EMT and Austin, Texas firefighter. "So, we have an understanding of...take from 9/11 to the floodings here. It doesn't matter what happens where. The first responder family will come together to take care of each other. And, it is truly a family no matter where you are. We want to be there to help."

Donations are going to EMS, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and six fire departments within the parish.

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