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Orange Grove Elementary school receives $1,000 from local Farmers insurance agents; funds to finish project begun by border patrol officer killed on duty

Yuma, AZ (October 18, 2011) – A group of local Farmers Insurance agents and their district manager presented a check for $1,000 to an assemblage of local dignitaries, including Somerton School District superintendent Dr. Frank Reed and Nereida Clark, wife of Border Patrol Agent Hector Clark who was tragically killed while on patrol earlier this year, to help finish work on a basketball court at Orange Grove Elementary School in Yuma.

“Getting this basketball court completed is important, not only for the local kids who will use it daily, but also for our entire community,” said Warren Keith, one of Yuma’s local Farmers representatives.  “This is also a fitting way to honor the memory of Border Patrol Officer Hector Clark, someone who understood the importance of providing opportunities for safe and healthy recreation for our young people.”

Farmers agents from the greater Yuma area have organized their own community sponsorship fund to help support locally-based initiatives that improve the surrounding community.  This latest donation reflects the group’s commitment to being positive contributors to the Yuma area.

The check presentation occurred on Tuesday, October 11 at Keith’s Yuma District Office located at 900 W. 8th Street in Yuma.  Also on hand to receive the contribution were Clark’s two children, Katie and Cody; fellow Border Patrol Officers Jose Rodriguez and Johnny Lara; Somerton School District representative Jerry Cabrera; Yuma Farmers Insurance agents Eric Capetillo, Dave Kern, Marie Puckett, Jack DeLange, Sandy Ramos, Reggie Smith, David Schuman, Val Guzman, and Francisco Flores; along with Farmers District Manager Warren Keith.

Jose Rodriguez, USBP, Agent Eric Capetillo, Agent Dave Kern, Katie Clark (holding check), Jerry Cabrera, Somerton School District, Agent Marie Puckett, Dr. Frank Reed, Superintendent Somerton School District, Agent Jack DeLange, Agent Sandy Ramos, DM Warren Keith, Cody Clark (holding check) Agent Reggie Smith, Nereida Clark, wife of BP Officer Hector Clark, Agent David Schuman, Agent Val Guzman, Agent Francisco Flores, and Johnny Lara, USBP

Jose Rodriguez, USBP, Katie Clark, Nereida Clark,
Johnny Lara, USBP and Cody Clark

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

Mark Toohey

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