CUDAHY, Wis. — A donation of $50,000 has been made to the Cudahy Fire Department by Smithfield Foods Inc. to demonstrate the company’s appreciation to local firefighters who put out the 2009 fire at its Patrick Cudahy plant. Patrick Cudahy is a subsidiary of Smithfield.

“I would like to extend my thanks again to the Cudahy Fire Department and all of the other public-safety personnel from around southeastern Wisconsin and neighboring states who responded so quickly and professionally to the fire at our plant,” said Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods president and CEO. “And I also want to thank the citizens of Cudahy, and our fellow business people, for all of their support during that difficult time.”

“We are truly indebted to the Cudahy firefighters and all of the other fine public servants from more than 64 fire and police departments who worked tirelessly to save a local tradition,” added Bill Otis, president and COO of Patrick Cudahy. “Because of their expertise, bravery and hard work, no one was injured during the fire at our plant nearly two years ago. And we’re so very grateful for that.”