Gardner Police Department receives Firehouse Subs grant

(Gardner police officers showcase their new radios in the photo above. From left to right: Lieutenant James Belcher, Corporal Robert Huff, Sargent Kurt Hollingshead and Sargent Steve Benz.)

(Gardner, Kan.) – The Gardner Police Department was recently awarded a grant of $25,402.23 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The department used this grant money for the purchase of seven new Motorola 900 MHz portable patrol radios to help replace its older models. 

“This is an important first step in the replacement of all of the department’s aging portable patrol radios,” said James Pruetting, Gardner’s Chief of Police. “The current inventory consists of older Motorola radios that are no longer being manufactured. As such, the ability to service and repair them will end over the next several years. So, this grant came at an opportune time.” 

The city will continue to look for funding opportunities that will help purchase another 30 radios.  

“Our radios are our communication lifeline in every situation we face on a day-to-day basis. We are grateful to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for its investment into our public safety efforts,” Pruetting said.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was created in 2005 by Firehouse Subs co-founders Chris and Robin Sorensen. They established the foundation after their experience supporting Hurricane Katrina emergency responders and survivors. For more information about the foundation, visit