Students collect water to support volunteer firefighters

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- The last of over 1,000 water bottles was picked up at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma Thursday afternoon, as part of an annual campaign to support local, volunteer fire departments.

For the last three years, Today's Role in Becoming America's Leaders, or T.R.I.B.A.L, has collected water bottles for rural, volunteer fire departments without large budgets.

With help from the U.C.S.O student body in Ardmore, the Murray State College organization collected over 1,200 water bottles.

This year, they were donated to Lake Murray Village and the Wilson Rural Volunteer Fire Department.

Wilson collected their share Thursday, and said its a token of appreciation they're very grateful for.

"We got 20 guys, and everyone works great. We have two or three other surrounding departments, and everyone works great," Wilson Fire Captain Jason Wright said. "It's just nice when people like this gives back to the community that volunteers they're time, to save their property."

The water bottles were collected during a week and a half in April, with some professors even offering extra credit for participation.

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