ARLINGTON, Texas — The right fielder for the Texas Rangers has purchased a fire truck for his hometown, which lacks proper firefighting equipment.
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz poses with Arlington FD chief and the Las Matas Santa Cruz fire chief.
Nelson Cruz is originally from San Francisco de Macoris, the rural capital of the Dominican Republic. The city has 245,000 residents, but firefighters do not have a rugged pumper truck and few ambulances, according to the Star-Telegram.
With assistance from the Arlington Fire Department, Cruz was able to buy an all-terrain apparatus.
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"In my hometown, we don't have ambulances or fire trucks, so I decided to buy one," he said.
American Medical Response, inspired by Cruz's purchase, is also donating two ambulances. The Arlington Fire Department is also throwing in hand tools, hoses, and nozzles.
Cruz presented the keys to the new truck to Chief Luis Esmurdoc on Wednesday at a game against the Oakland A's, the Star-Telegram reported.
Esmurdoc's department services three neighboring provinces and three outlying communities.
"They cover a lot of territory with just a few trucks. Having an additional truck will help them out tremendously," Arlington Assistant Fire Chief David Carroll said.
Cruz hopes all the donated equipment will be shipped by November.
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Steve MetchoThursday, September 27, 2012 1:32:39 PMVery cool thing to do,,,,good going
Dustin SimmonsThursday, September 27, 2012 1:53:26 PMLove seeing athletes giving back to the community. Good on him. Nelson Cruz is a role model more players should try to Emulate.
George DonovanThursday, September 27, 2012 2:02:02 PMThat is a class act by Cruz and all that assisted.
Drew April TompkinsFriday, September 28, 2012 11:06:49 PMWhen I lived there fifteen years ago I remember this being a problem but did not realize it still was. Way to go Cruz.
Kenneth BarnesSaturday, September 29, 2012 2:57:30 PMSee not all professional athlete's just want to make money to party and all it goes with it. Why to be a roll model MR. Cruz
Dave TurmanThursday, February 28, 2013 10:48:58 AMIf I won a big lottery, one of first things I'd do is upgrade my vol. fire department's equipment. I hate seeing rural departments dig for funds to buy life-safety gear.