Cherokee Nation to give nearly half a million dollars to volunteer fire departments

May 4, 2018

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WHAT: Cherokee Nation’s annual Volunteer Firefighters Banquet

WHEN: Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Sequoyah Ballroom
777 W. Cherokee St.
Catoosa, Okla.

WHO: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Volunteer firefighters from 131 departments

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will donate nearly half a million dollars to 131 area volunteer fire departments during the tribe’s annual appreciation banquet Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Rural fire departments often rely on fundraisers, membership drives and help from the public to keep their stations operating and their communities safe.

Cherokee Nation will host a dinner and present the 131 volunteer fire departments each with checks for $3,500 that can be used for equipment, fuel or other necessary items. This, in turn, allows the departments to maintain their fire stations and protect people and property in rural areas.

Two fire departments will 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 banquet.