A young boy from Smyrna recently donated money he earned to the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation.
Graham Goodman, 8-years-old, earned more than $140 at a lemonade stand he ran over the Feb. 20 weekend. Graham, who is the son of Smyrna residents Scott and Allegra Goodman, decided he wanted to give his earnings to a good cause and donated the money to the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF).
According to an article in the Marietta Daily Journal, Graham’s parents were using the lemonade stand to teach the 8-year-old about business. The boy decided he wanted to give the money he earned to the city’s police and fire departments.
The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF) is a 501(c) non-profit corporation. Its mission is to encourage and strengthen the partnership between the community and its public safety personnel.
The non-profit is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live, work, or play in the City of Smyrna and surrounding communities and to generate growth within those communities.
SPSF funds a variety of programs, including Shop with a Hero, which assists local disadvantaged youth through holiday shopping with police officers, military personnel and firefighters; Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support for public safety employees (and their families) injured or killed in the line of duty; community outreach programs such as CPR training and child car-seat safety; and the Annual Public Safety Awards, which is an event that rewards Smyrna firefighter and police officer heroes who demonstrate exceptional skill, expertise and bravery while keeping Smyrna safe. SPSF also purchases needed equipment and provides training for Smyrna’s Public Safety employees, and provides preparedness training and programs related to disaster relief and support.
In 2015, the Smyrna Fire Department answered 5,626 calls while continuing to maintain an excellent response time. Smyrna Fire currently operates five fire stations that house four engines, two ladder companies, and five fire medic units.
The Smyrna Police Department’s primary mission is to maintain social order within prescribed ethical and constitutional limits, while providing professional law enforcement services to all. To attain this, the Department enforces the law in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights of all persons.
Members of the Smyrna police and fire departments were on hand in late February to accept the young boy’s donation.