June 23, 2017
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated a vehicle to the Peggs Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. presented the keys of a 2004 Ford F-350 to Peggs Volunteer Fire Department representative Dale Fine.
“Our rural volunteer fire departments provide an invaluable service to our communities,” Jordan said. “They are often the first on the scene when help is needed most, and sometimes are even the difference between life and death. I can’t thank this department and all of our rural volunteer fire departments enough for what they do for our communities, and I am so proud that the Cherokee Nation can help provide support through funding or vehicles or equipment, so they can continue doing what they do day in and day out for Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.”
Peggs Volunteer Fire Department representative Dale Fine said the tribe’s support of rural volunteer fire departments helps the Peggs department and others fulfill their role in the community.
“Rural fire departments are a vital part of their community, and Cherokee Nation recognizes that,” Fine said. “With the tribe’s support, it helps us fulfill our firefighting duties as well as our rescue operations and medical response duties. We are just greatly appreciative of their support.”
As a former volunteer firefighter and current rural volunteer fire department board member, Deputy Chief Crittenden said the tribe has an obligation to support the departments.
“I know all too well the importance of rural volunteer fire departments,” Crittenden said. “These selfless, courageous men and women are the first line of protection when disaster strikes. They run toward danger when most are running from it, because they value the safety of others over their own. I commend Tribal Councilor Jordan for securing the donation of this vehicle for one of our rural fire departments, because they deserve all the support that we are able to give to them.”
The surplus vehicle was donated from the Cherokee Nation Businesses fleet.