The Cherokee Nation will award 129 volunteer and rural fire departments, including those in Sequoyah County, with $3,500 checks totaling $451,500 on Monday at its 2015 Volunteer Firefighter Awards Ceremony at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The tribe will treat firefighters to dinner, and Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders will present checks to each department for equipment, fuel or other necessary items to help maintain their fire stations and protect lives and property in rural northeastern Oklahoma. Rural fire departments rely heavily on good Samaritans, fundraisers and membership drives to keep stations operating.
Two departments will also be named "Volunteer Fire Department of the Year," and five volunteers will be recognized by the Cherokee Nation as "Volunteer Firefighter of the Year" during the ceremony.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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