NASHVILLE —  Mahindra North America and RFD-TV are partnering on an essay contest launched to salute America's first responders who are the first line of defense against tragedy in our communities. Police departments, firefighters, and EMT's groups based in the U.S. are eligible to be nominated by anyone 18 years and older through an essay submission. Winning essays will be selected by a panel of judges from RFD-TV and Mahindra teams. The winning first responder group could benefit from one of the world's toughest utility vehicles.

Contest Details:

Contest Dates: June 30 thru Aug. 21, 2017, at 12 p.m. ET.

Prize Package: (1) Mahindra mPact XTV 750 S with Flexhauler Cargo Box, a gas side-by-side with an industry-exclusive fold-down cargo box and standard electric cargo box lift.

Announcement: The selected winner will be announced at the Farm Progress Show on Aug. 29-31, 2017 in Decatur, Ill.

“Mahindra North America is passionate about giving back to those that serve our communities. We are pleased to partner with RFD-TV to donate a Mahindra utility vehicle to a first responder organization,” said Cleo Franklin, CMO/VP-Strategic Planning, Mahindra NA. “Driving positive change is one of the pillars of our Rise philosophy for corporate responsibility. First responders make a difference in their communities every day and deserve our support.”

Essay submissions are simple and require the name and contact of both the nominating party, and the name, type and location of the First Responder Group. Essays also need to explain how the first responder group is making life better in your community and how they would benefit from receiving this utility vehicle. Nominations and essays should be submitted via the online portal here.