AFR Insurance Honors Rural Fire Departments Who Helped Fight the Early March Wildfires in Northwest OklahomaMon, 22 May 2017 11:28:37 CDT
Oklahoma fire departments that helped fight the early March wildfires in northwest Oklahoma were rewarded for their efforts May 20th when AFR Insurance presented $1,500 checks to each department involved. The Company presented more than $200,000 to 140 Fire Departments as thanks for helping battle the fires that covered parts of three Oklahoma Counties that began March 6th.
The money was presented during an invitation-only luncheon at the Woodward County Fairgrounds. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry provided AFR with a list of 140 fire departments that were involved in the fire.
“Words cannot express the appreciation AFR Insurance has for fire departments’ efforts in protecting lives and property during the tragic March wildfires,” Justin Cowan, CEO, AFR Insurance, said.
The event was called “Funds for Fire Fighters - AFR Answers the Call.”
“We wanted to honor the dedication and sacrifices made by these courageous fire fighters, many of whom had to leave their own property while fighting to protect their neighbor’s property,” Terry Detrick, AFR president, said.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays has produced an audio overview of the day, featuring comments from AFR President Detrick and Laverne Fire Chief Ted Bozarth. Click on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story to hear their comments.
It is anticipated the fire departments will use the money to defray costs associated with fighting the fires.
“We know some equipment was damaged in the process of fighting these fires,” Detrick said.
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