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Walmart donates supplies to Nesquehoning police

In this time of uncertainty, businesses are working to help first responders and police.

Earlier this week, Walmart in Mahoning Township donated supplies to Nesquehoning Police Department after officers went to the store to purchase necessities to keep the department safe. This included canned and microwaveable goods, drinks, disinfecting wipes and personal protective equipment and even a television, which will be used as part of the department’s new surveillance system that is being installed at the station.

“It will all go a long way,” said police Chief Sean Smith. “It’s hard getting PPE for myself and (our) officers. Every little bit counts.”

Smith said a good Samaritan from Jim Thorpe, who was in the parking lot when the officers were leaving the store, also helped by transporting the television back to the station for them.

Smith recognized the man, who is a veteran, for his help.

Smith said that the police department is doing well so far in this pandemic and thanked residents who have been helping the situation by doing social distancing.

Nesquehoning Police officer Tim Wuttke, left; and Chief Sean Smith, stand with a donation of supplies from the Walmart in Mahoning Township. With them is store manager Girvin Janicki. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO