Marathon Petroleum’s Robinson refinery invests in community through public safety grant

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Robinson, Foundation

Employees from Marathon Petroleum’s Robinson, Illinois, refinery presented a grant to the Palestine Police Department to support much-needed public safety upgrades.

The Village of Palestine is a small community home to about 1,300 residents located east of the Robinson refinery. The police department reached out to refinery leadership in November of 2021 requesting assistance to replace its existing safety vests. Leaders approved the local giving grant to support a culture of safety, a core value of the company. Now the Palestine Police officers are equipped with the Traverse Molle Vest, the industry standard for officer safety.

“Not only will these vests better protect our officers should the need arise, but on a more daily basis they will better distribute the weight than that of our current equipment that can cause long-lasting injuries to an officer over time,” said Chief Jeffrey Besing of the Palestine Police Department. “We are grateful to Marathon Petroleum for this generous gift.”

Marathon is committed to promoting a culture of safety, not just at its own operations, but among first responders, government agencies and community-based organizations in the communities in which we operate.

“We are grateful to the Palestine Police Department for the services they provide and grateful Marathon Petroleum makes it possible for us to provide potentially life-saving equipment that we hope will improve day-to-day life for these officers,” said Amy Macak, General Manager at the Robinson refinery. “And as technology evolves, it’s important that our public safety services grow alongside to keep our communities safe.”