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BA Firefighters helping their own, inviting community to fundraiser

Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 22:03:49-04

BROKEN ARROW -- Broken Arrow Firefighters are hosting an event Saturday to raise money for members of their group who have mounting medical bills. 

The Broken Arrow Fire Auxiliary will have their third annual crawfish boil. 

Each year the group chooses fire families to receive the proceeds who are going through medical hardships and could use financial help.

This years recipients are the Meeks and Teeter families.

David Meeks is a long time BA Firefighter who organizers say has had to have several back surgeries. Also, his wife is battling an illness that requires her to have costly infusion treatments every month.  

The Teeter family's 21-month old daughter, Lizzy, is currently in St. Louis waiting on a heart transplant. 

Fire Auxiliary President Kelsey Blocker said they do this because you never know who is in need of a little help. 

"The fire department is a huge family, so for your family to get behind you and support you, I can imagine it's a good feeling," Blocker said. 

In the past, several hundred people have shown up to the crawfish boil and Blocker hopes even more will show up this year. Previously, they were able to raise $5,000 to split between the families.

Deputy Fire Chief James Suddath and his wife were selected as recipients last year.

"The financial support is a big deal, but the emotional support is even bigger," Deputy Chief Suddath said. "Knowing you have people there who are working behind the scenes to help you and you don't even know it."

The Fire Auxiliary also wants the community to get the chance to meet the firefighters. 

The event is Saturday at the splash pad on Main Street in Broken Arrow. It is $10 per person. 

There will be crawfish, barbeque and drinks. They will also have a dunk tank with firefighters inside. 



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