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Farmers Insurance honors firefighters for dedication in suppressing the Mill Flat fires

NEW HARMONY, UT—(September 14, 2009)—Farmers Utah Insurance teams from the State Office and agents and employees from throughout the Mill Flat fire areas will honor firefighters and volunteers on Tuesday, September 15th for their amazing work lasting weeks to suppress the Mill Flat Fires.

“Farmers would like to extend its sincere thanks to all of the fire agencies and volunteers who aided in the suppression of the Mill Flat Fires,” stated John Henle, Farmers Utah State Executive Director.  “We will visit the New Harmony Fire Department and the Cedar City Air Center on Tuesday, September 15th, to personally thank them for their efforts and present them with a token of our appreciation for all that they did to help protect the lives and homes of the people in our communities.”

Farmers agent Jesse Robinson from New Harmony described what he found when he contacted his customers during the fires.  “As I made calls to my customers in New Harmony UT, I was relieved to hear that all of them were safe and that they had experienced no losses as a result of the fire that had been raging in the area for several weeks.  Many of them sat by their phones and awaited an evacuation call that luckily never came,” he said.

“Agent Roger Olcott and myself were able to take the CAT Trailer—a Farmers customer care vehicle containing state-of-the- art communications equipment and supplies—to New Harmony and view the fire from several miles away.  The work by firefighters on the ground and in the air was amazing.  To have a fire that size threaten a community nestled in the foothills of Southern Utah and not have extensive damage is truly amazing.  “Hero” is not an overstatement for the work done by firefighters and their air support teams.  We, as local agents for Farmers Insurance Group, would like to thank the fire fighters from all agencies that helped bring a successful close to the Mill Creek fire.  Thank you!”

“Everyone is invited to join the Farmers Utah Team on the 15th and visit  their local fire stations and personally thank the firefighters and volunteers for their work in suppressing the Mill Flat Fires,” Henle concluded.

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