WPPD accepting fan donations to "Beat the Heat"

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and Golden Triangle first responders have partnered up to "Beat the Heat" and donate fans to elderly in the community who do not have air conditioning.
New fans can be dropped off at the West Point Police Department, located at
310 East Westbrook St., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday until July 10.
Columbus Fire Department, Columbus Police Department and Starkville Fire Department are also accepting donations.
Phi Beta Sigma Member and WPPD Detective Ramirez Ivy said he saw the need for fans for people in the community without air conditioning during the hot Summer months through his experience as a law enforcement officer.
Ivy said only new fans were accepted by WPPD.
"These people deserve new fans," he said.
Ivy said the "Beat the Heat" fan drive was a fairly new program, but it had been successful in the past, and this was the first year WPPD has participated in the program.
Ivy said the inspiration for "Beat the Heat" came from Phi Beta Sigma as a community service event.
"Through the fraternity, we find out how can help our community." he said. "We partnered with first responders in the Golden Triangle to do what we can to give back. This is the best of both worlds for me as an officer and a member of the fraternity."
Ivy said Phi Beta Sigma served the whole Golden Triangle, and had participated in other community service programs such as March of Dimes and Relay for Life.
For more information about "Beat the Heat", contact Ivy or D.A.R.E. Officer Zate McGee at WPPD at 494-1244.