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The Cherokee Nation Is Donating Nearly $500,000 To Oklahoma Volunteer Fire Departments

Volunteer fire departments across Oklahoma are getting some financial help that could save lives.

The Cherokee Nation is giving nearly $500,000 to 131 Oklahoma volunteer fire departments.

The federally-recognized government of the Cherokee people made the announcement Monday night during the tribe's annual Volunteer Firefighter Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa.


"Volunteer firefighters are committed to the communities they serve, and they deserve the thanks and support of the Cherokee Nation," Principal Chief Bill John Baker said.

"That's why year after year the tribe invests in rural fire departments so they can be better equipped to protect our families, our homes and our property."

Each year, volunteer fire departments rely on fundraisers, membership dues and the help of good Samaritans to maintain their operations.

To honor them, Cherokee Nation provided each department with a check for $3,500, totaling $458,500, to help with equipment, fuel or other items needed to protect lives and properties of families in northeastern Oklahoma.