ARLINGTON, Texas — The right fielder for the Texas Rangers has purchased a fire truck for his hometown, which lacks proper firefighting equipment.
Applauds for MLB's Nelson Cruz's actions off the field
By Adam K. Thiel
It's nice to have an all-around feel-good story on the site.
Kudos to Nelson Cruz for recognizing the fire-EMS challenges in his hometown and finding some willing partners to help make improvements!
It's interesting to see that a Major League Baseball player has a sense of fire protection and emergency medical care as a basic human need in cities, towns, and villages across the globe, when there's an ongoing debate in many U.S. communities about whether — and at what level — these services should be provided by our local governments.
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.
"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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