Local Dealer Hosts Fundraising Event for Volunteer Firefighters

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ARDMORE, Okla (KXII) – A week after donating gas money to a local volunteer fire department, Chevy Patriot employees in Ardmore decided they wanted to do something for all fire departments. arson in the region. So on Saturday, they invited them for their first-ever Back the Red event.

“To do something like this to help them throughout the year because when we’re in need or the consumers are in need, they’re there to help us,” the Patriot Chevy general manager said. , Shane Cole.

The event brought together dozens of volunteer firefighters, including Healdton, Lone Grove and Mansville. For many firefighters, this is their first encounter with members of other departments outside of firefighting.

“We’re meeting all the other guys and really interacting with other departments and building that trust and trust with each other,” volunteer firefighter Elvis Eagle said.

In addition to the volunteer firefighters, families came to show their support. Children participated in Easter egg hunts while interacting with local heroes.

“He always talks about how he wants to be a firefighter or a cop when he gets older,” said Hollie Frazier, a mother attending the event with her son. “So we really liked being able to get into the vehicles and interact with them.”

As well as bringing together volunteer firefighters with the community, it has also brought vital donations of food, water and gasoline.

“Having the community with us, having a patriot to help us means a lot,” said volunteer firefighter Garret Hagle. “It’s going to help us get to a body that needs it faster.”

And Patriot plans to continue contributing to those fire departments throughout the month.

“Anyone who buys a new or used vehicle from us, we donate $250 to these volunteer firefighters,” Cole said.

Almost every local volunteer firefighter in the area has a Facebook page and you can check them out to find upcoming fundraisers and other ways to donate to help them continue to fight the fires.

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