Cherokee Nation gives more than $3K to Hwy 51 West Fire Department



(L to R) Cherokee Nation Special Projects Analyst Canaan Duncan, Hwy 51 West Fire Department representative Mike Taylor, Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, and Hwy 51 West Fire Department representatives Jimmy Baird and Tommy Bruner.

STILWELL, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated $3,500 on Wednesday to the Hwy 51 West Fire Department in Adair County for the purchase of two AEDs and two medical bags.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis and Special Projects Analyst Canaan Duncan presented representatives of the volunteer fire department the check at the fire station, located on state Highway 51 west of Stilwell.

“Volunteer fire departments provide an invaluable service and are often the first line of defense for many people living in rural areas,” Hargis said. “These brave men and women put their safety and lives at risk every day while not expecting anything in return. They simply want to make sure they are there and willing to help if their fellow community members are ever in need. I’m proud the tribe can provide funding to departments like Hwy 51 West so they can have the resources necessary to help protect the members of the Spade Mountain community and surrounding communities to the best of their ability.”

Hwy 51 West Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Tommy Bruner said the donation from the tribe is a great help to the volunteer fire department.

“The donation from the Cherokee Nation is a great help. We are limited on our funds. Anything we can get, it sure helps a long ways, and we sure do appreciate it,” Bruner said.

The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.

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