Surprise firefighters collect holiday drive items year-round

Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 AM | Updated: 6:00 am
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SURPRISE, Ariz. — City of Surprise firefighters don’t just run into burning homes to save lives and property; their desire to help people extends much farther.

“You get into this line of work because you have a strong desire to help people,” said Battalion Chief Autry Cheatham. “We have firefighters that do it on a regular basis, to go over and beyond the call of duty because that’s who they are, that’s their makeup.”

Every year during the holidays, firefighters gear up, ready to help the city’s needy population. They are currently accepting new toys and non-perishable food items at every firehouse in the city. Holiday drives get a lot of attention, but what many residents might not realize is that Surprise firefighters collect donations year round to help the less fortunate.

“We put it to good use and get it to folks that need it,” said Cheatham. “If we can improve just one person’s life, it’s well-worth the effort.”

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Surprise firefighters collect holiday drive items year-round