Photo by Nick Fiala

Rensselaer Fire Chief Kenny Haun and Deputy Chief Lenny Larson receive a check for $500 from Kentland Bank’s local branch manager, Mia Taylor. Also pictured are loan officers Craig Hooker and Matthew Smith, as well as bank tellers Andi Brown and Debi Nesius and Credit Supervisor Collen Johnson.

RENSSELAER — Members of the Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department received a check for $500 from Kentland Bank Thursday. The money will go toward the department’s ongoing fundraiser to purchase new Hurst tools, commonly known as the “jaws of life,” which are used for extrication purposes.

Tax deductible donations may also be mailed directly to the RVFD, at 1060 W. Clark St. in Rensselaer. The department is hoping to raise $32,000 to pay for the jaws. Rensselaer Fire Chief Kenny Haun said Thursday that “a little over half” of that cost has been collected in donations so far.