Tulsa Tough Donates To Fire Department Victimized By Vandal - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Tulsa Tough Donates To Fire Department Victimized By Vandal

Posted: Updated:
Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Director Malcolm McCollam presents a check to Chief Gene Atkins of the Avant Volunteer Fire Department. Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Director Malcolm McCollam presents a check to Chief Gene Atkins of the Avant Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to the check, the cycling event sponsor donated medical supplies. In addition to the check, the cycling event sponsor donated medical supplies.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Each year during the Tulsa Tough cycling event, the Avant Fire Department helps out, providing a rest stop on one of the weekend's long rides through the country.

Now it's Tulsa Tough's turn - after an act of vandalism last month cost the department its medical response vehicle. Saint Francis and Tulsa Tough offered a hand to help restore what was lost.

Among the fire departments working a huge house fire shot by Osage SkyNews 6 Saturday night is the Avant Volunteer Fire Department. They worked half a dozen grass and structure fires over the weekend.

A job made more difficult by the loss of the department's newest fire truck. Last month the truck was stolen, taken for a joy ride and burned.

It and every thing on it were destroyed when the truck flipped over and was destroyed by fire.

1/17/2014 Related Story: Skiatook Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing, Destroying Fire Truck

On Tuesday, Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Director Malcolm McCollam presented a check to Chief Gene Atkins of the Avant Volunteer Fire Department. There was also a donation of medical supplies - made at Lee's Bicycles in Tulsa.

"I'd like to present you with this check from Saint Francis Tulsa Tough," McCollam said.

What made last month's loss of that fire truck so devastating is that it is both a fire truck and the department's medical response vehicle.

Visit Tulsa Tough Here.

"We didn't have any way to do any kind of medical runs at all," Atkins said.

The value of the vehicle and the equipment lost is in the neighborhood of $120,000. The donation won't replace everything, but it'll get them started on the way back.

"This will make a very big different," Atkins said. "It will get us going a long ways."

A long way back to responding to emergencies in the community the way they'd like to.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.