Oklahoma fire departments that helped fight the early March wildfires in northwest Oklahoma were rewarded for their efforts on May 20 when AFR Insurance presented $1,500 checks to each department involved.

Oklahoma fire departments that helped fight the early March wildfires in northwest Oklahoma were rewarded for their efforts on May 20 when AFR Insurance presented $1,500 checks to each department involved.

The money was presented during an invitation-only luncheon at the Woodward County Fairgrounds. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry provided AFR with a list of 140 fire departments that were involved in fighting the fire.

“Words cannot express the appreciation AFR Insurance has for fire departments’ efforts in protecting lives and property during the tragic March wildfires,” said Justin Cowan, CEO of AFR Insurance.

The event was called “Funds for Fire Fighters – AFR Answers the Call.”

“We wanted to honor the dedication and sacrifices made by these courageous firefighters, many of whom had to leave their own property while fighting to protect their neighbor’s property,” said Terry Detrick, a farmer from Northwest Oklahoma and AFR president.

The fire departments are expected to use the money to help defray costs associated with fighting the tragic fires.

“We know some equipment was damaged in the process of fighting these fires,” Detrick said.