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Volunteer Firefighters Make Sacrifices
SLAUGHTERVILLE, OK-- Wildfires take a toll on fire departments across Oklahoma. While some firefighters get paid, others like Slaughterville Fire Department, volunteer.
"They're all making sacrifices, they're all taking time off from work," said Jimmy Blair, Assistant Chief of Slaughterville Fire Department.
Slaughterville Fire Department is one of several volunteer fire departments that responded to the wildfire that tore through Cleveland County last Friday.
"You get paged, you gotta get up and go," said Joanie Campbell, a volunteer firefighter for Slaughterville Fire Department.
Most firefighters in Slaughterville have a full time job outside of their volunteer duties. Campbell is a full time clerk at an area convenience store. She says on Friday, she worked from 5-3:30 PM, then went straight to the fire after work.
"I got home from the fire 6 o'clock the next morning," she recalls, "took a nap, got up, was back at the fire at 11 AM."
Campbell is just one of hundreds of firefighters across the state who drop everything to keep their friends and neighbors out of harm's way.
"They're dedicated, they want to protect the community," said Blair.
Despite the sacrifices, Campbell says she is doing her part to keep her community safe.
"You get a sense of self satisfaction knowing that you did the best you can," she said.
Posted: Thursday, August 9 2012, 09:26 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. lawmakers to take up tornado recovery bill
May 22, 2013 14:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation to appropriate $45 million in emergency funds to help pay for recovery efforts following deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma.
Officials in the Oklahoma Senate say the chamber could take up a measure on Wednesday that would dip into the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund to help pay for recovery efforts. State House and Senate committees approved the measure on Tuesday. The Rainy Day fund's balance is expected to reach a record $660 million in July.
Money from the emergency fund would help local communities recover from a tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Gov. Mary Fallin issued an emergency declaration for 16 Oklahoma counties on Sunday.
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