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ExxonMobil gives city $3,000 in grant monies thanks to program

Date: 12/1/2008

By G. Michael Dobbs

Managing Editor

SPRINGFIELD Mayor Domenic Sarno accepted two grant checks from ExxonMobil Pipeline Corporation totaling $3,000 on Nov. 24 as part of the company's Good Neighbor Grant program.

The city is the home of an ExxonMobil Pipeline Terminal on Albany Street and the company has awarded the city grants in previous years to help fund first responder education concerning pipeline operations and emergencies.

Fire Commissioner Gary Cassenelli said, "The gift comes with no strings attached."

"This is a real partnership," he added, "with ExxonMobil, the city and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

The Springfield Fire Department personnel receive annual training in how to respond for emergencies concerning the pipeline that brings a number of different distillates into the terminal for distribution in the region.

Tim Andre, the lead terminal operator for the terminal, presented the checks and gave Sarno a book detailing the charitable donations the company has made in the past to the city.

"We try to help out as much as we can," Andre said.