Cherry Fire Department receives donation from COUNTRY Financial for equipment

Cherry department will purchase pre-connect suction valve to help with water flow fighting fires

COUNTRY Financial Representative Jim Scruggs presented $1,500 to the Cherry Fire Department as a 2021 recipient of a COUNTRY Financial Operation Helping Heroes donation.

Scruggs presented the check to Jim Hoscheid a trustee of the Cherry Fire Protection District recently to assist with equipment needed as the volunteer department serves additional smaller communities in the area.

“Since we have AutoAid set up with Arlington and Ladd, we are responding to more calls where there are no hydrants,” Hoscheid said. “This donation will help purchase a pre-connect suction valve for $1,800 that would make getting water flowing a lot faster and easier.”

“I’m so pleased to be able to help take care of those who help care for us every day within our community – our first responders,” added Scruggs. “They serve our local communities at a moment’s notice and it’s important they have equipment, such as a pre-connect suction valve, to best assist us in emergency situations. This donation is a small token of our appreciation that I hope will continue in helping Cherry Fire Department to positively impact our community.”

COUNTRY Financial donated $3 million in 2020 to organizations and programs that support first responders and active duty service members, supporting the company’s vision to “enrich lives in the communities we serve.” COUNTRY Financial is continuing the program in 2021 and expanding the opportunity to educators, to help financial representatives further support their local community. The Operation Helping Heroes program was created in 2015 to support non-profit events and programs that benefit active duty service members, veterans and their families.