The Edgartown [Massachusetts] police and fire departments asked selectmen Monday [January 14] to accept a gift of $116,764 from local benefactors to equip a new rescue and response boat. Under the town’s bylaws, selectmen must vote to accept any gifts to comply with state procurement laws.

“Both departments sincerely appreciate the consideration of this request and have been overwhelmed with the support that this program has received from both the selectmen and the town’s people,” wrote police chief Tony Bettencourt and fire chief Peter Shemeth in a letter to the board.

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