Local radio stations hold water drive for firefighters

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

"They down the water, they down the Gatorade just to stay hydrated," said KMAD DJ "Big" Dave Hilton.

One of the longest droughts in Texoma's history is drying up disaster relief resources, so KLAK, KMAD, and Katy Country were all out at Texoma Harley Davidson Monday talking up a storm to help raise supplies for the Grayson County Salvation Army.

"For us as the radio stations we talk for a living," said Hilton, "so all we could do is get on the air and talk to people and ask them to come by and help the volunteers here at the Salvation Army."

The Salvation Army supplies firefighters with cold drinks, snacks, and shade when fighting wildfires in the scorching heat. Vital resources when your body is pressed to the limit.

"Putting on all the air tanks and all the equipment and the mask and all that stuff and having to walk around when it's a hundred plus degrees outside, dealing with the heat from the fire as well, I can't even imagine," said Hilton. "I would literally be melting at that point.

"Firefighters. I just feel sorry for them because I know sometimes they go in, they'll go to a fire and not maybe ten minutes later, they don't even get back to the station, and they're called bay out," said Ricky Price, Grayson County Salvation Army. "They're just wore plumb out."

The drive netted more than 100 cases of water and 60 cases of Gatorade. Fire marshal Nathan Huffman says in these kinds of conditions every bottle counts. "Those volunteers come out and help us and for them to have the resources to do that is invaluable, and we greatly appreciate the community supporting them and helping them out with that.

If you would like to donate you can call the Grayson County Salvation Army at (903) 868-9602.

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