(L to R) Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Chance Fire Department representative Chuck McConnell, Tribal Council Secretary Hargis’ grandson Braxton Thomas and Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis.
Published April 27, 2016
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation recently donated $4,000 to the Chance Fire Department in Adair County to help the fire station with a remodel to better serve the community during a crisis.
In December, members of the Chance and Chewey communities experienced record flooding along the Illinois River in northern Adair County. The Chance Fire Department plans to build a new kitchen inside the fire station designed to serve more people during natural disasters.
“The value of the Chance Fire Department to their community was never more apparent than this past December when our county was hit by record flooding,” said Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis. “I’m so proud and thankful for the service the department provides to Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike, and I know that service is only going to be enhanced with the addition of a new kitchen designed to serve more citizens more efficiently in times of crisis.”
The volunteer fire station was built in 1996.
“We can’t even measure the amount of help we get from the Cherokee Nation,” said Chance Fire Department representative Chuck McConnell. “We have a lot of Cherokee Nation citizens living in our community and we support, protect and serve them, and it’s great that the Cherokee Nation helps us do that.”
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund.
“Councilor Hargis’ leadership is making a big impact in this part of the Cherokee Nation. She truly has a desire to not only help Cherokees, but all people in her district, and partnering with the Chance Fire Department achieves that mission,” said Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Donations made from the Cherokee Nation’s special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office, and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.