Monday, May 9, 2016

Fullbright Memorial Re-dedicated

Members of the family of the late Gus Fullbright Jr., Sallisaw fire chief and a U.S. Post Office employee, attended a tree planting ceremony Monday morning at the Sallisaw Post Office. They are, from the left, Drew, Susan, Gary, Gus Sr., Mike, Leilani, and Kristen Fullbright. Sallisaw Postmaster Greg McCain arranged for a sapling from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City Memorial to be donated for the re-dedication of the post office’s memorial for Fullbright. The Survivor Tree, though greatly damaged in the bombing on April 19, 1995, of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, survived and now flourishes. Saplings from the Survivor Tree are nurtured and given away throughout the nation as symbols of survival and resilience. Chief Fullbright, injured in a garage fire, died on Sept. 29, 1994.

Susan Fullbright, kneeling left, helps son Mike plant a Survivor Tree sapling at the Gus Fullbright Jr. Memorial at the Sallisaw Post Office Monday morning. Witnessing the re-dedication of the memorial are, from the left standing, son Gary, Sallisaw Postmaster Greg McCain, and Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong and Assistant Chief Steve Padgett.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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