Nelson Cruz and City of Arlington Respond to Need in Dominican Republic
By Office of Communication
Posted on September 26, 2012, September 26, 2012

A unique partnership between Texas Ranger outfielder Nelson Cruz and the City of Arlington Fire Department resulted in some much needed first responder vehicles for the Dominican Republic.

During the Texas Rangers Wednesday pre-game ceremony City officials from Las Matas Santa Cruz will receive the keys to a fire truck and two ambulances. Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson who helped secure and outfit the fire truck and Edward Van Horn of American Medical Response, who donated the ambulances, will be on hand for the presentation.

The project was initiated by Cruz several months ago, after a meeting with Las Matas Santa Cruz Fire Chief Luis Esmurdoc. Cruz launched the fundraising effort for the emergency vehicles with a personal donation of $20,000.00 and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation made a contribution of $9,300.00.

Cruz then enlisted the help of the City of Arlington fire officials to assist with the purchase of the first responder vehicles.

The vehicles were acquired and outfitted through donations from the City of Arlington Fire Department, Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, Arlington Wreck Truck Repair, American Emergency Vehicles, Optima and Physio Control.

The on-field ceremony will take place at 6:40pm.

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