Savannah Fire Chief Derek Minard
Earlier on Thursday, Nine Line Apparel and Harris Lowry Manton LLP joined forces to donate free 1,000 protective masks to Savannah-area first responders.
“We’ve been working with the best scientists, the best engineers and the best distributors to make the best masks possible,” said Nine Line Apparel founder and CEO Tyler Merritt. “We have a viable, scalable, U.S.-made solution.”
Organizations receiving the mask donations include the Savannah Fire Department, Savannah Police Department, Chatham EMS, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Chatham County Police Department.
The donation is part of Nine Line’s new “Masks for Heroes” initiative, a campaign focused on donating American-made protective masks to essential workers in the healthcare, first responder and military commun
The U.S. made masks are pending FDA approval.
“As first responders, we are facing many challenges during this pandemic and one of the biggest problems we’re facing is the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment,” said Savannah Fire Department Chief Derek Minard.
“With the development of this mask, we will be able to help us stretch our resources for our various agencies. We’re extremely grateful.”
“We’re glad we can play a part in helping out and making these masks available to first responders who need them,” said Steve Lowry, a founding partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, a partner in the Masks for Heroes initiative. “We believe that first responders are truly the backbone of our community and want them to help keep them safe.”