Some masks donated to first responders by former Mo. governor turn out to be faulty

Eric Greitens
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(KMOX) - One-hundred and fifty N-95 masks donated by former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to first responders turned out to be faulty, according to a report.

The Kansas City Star reports the masks didn't fit the Columbia Fire Department's "fit test." That's because of a crease that formed due to how the masks were folded when packaged.

They're now being used the same way the department would use surgical masks. Greitens has been donating masks across Missouri as part of an effort by the not-for-profit VirusRelief.

Is former Mo Governor Eric Greitens walking back onto the stage of public life? Gives away face masks to first responders, then skedaddles without speaking to reporters.

— Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen) March 30, 2020

Greitens delivered some 15,000 face masks to the St. Louis Fire Department last month.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said 2,500 masks each went to St. Louis City and County police, and some others to first responders in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo.

Jenkerson He says the masks are valued at $80,000 are were paid for by donors who Greitens rallied to get involved.

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