Local law enforcement, governments receive donated equipment to help fight COVID-19

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 4:50 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska State Troopers, Fairbanks Police and Fairbanks City Council, and North Police Police and City Council received foggers from the Fairbanks Chapter of the International Karate Association. The foggers are designed to help disinfect public buildings and keep first responders and government employees safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“It atomizes the liquid in such a way where it’s a fine spray, so fine that it actually doesn’t leave any moisture when you fine tune the valves.” said Mike McGraw, a member of the International Karate Association.

Charles Scott owns the International Karate Association in Fairbanks and said he wanted to help, “We are donating this equipment for disinfecting safety to the troopers, to the police department and also to the city council.”

Captain Ronald Wall with the Alaska State Troopers said the donation will help them in their ongoing efforts to protect officers against the virus. ”This is just one more tool that Doctor Scott and International Karate Association have donated to local law enforcement that gives us another way to help keep our people and those people that we serve safe.”

Fairbanks City Mayor Jim Matherly says, “They are going to use it to help clean city hall. It’s going to save us money on renting equipment that we would otherwise need to have. It’s an example of a local person who wanted to fill a need, got these things, that he could have easily sold, but he donated them to help the public, to help the city.”

But why did Scott donate all this equipment? “Well I have been up here since 1972, and the community has been really good to me, and it’s time for me to give back.”

Wall said that the Troopers appreciate the donation, “Dr. Scott has been part of our community for years, he has been an inspiration to many of us throughout our lives and we appreciate him.”

Matherly added that the act is about more than just the money, “It’s not even a money thing that I am looking at saving, it’s that someone in the community, who has been here a very long time, who a lot of people respect, wanted to give back.”

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