Major League Baseball Player Donating Apparatus to Dominican Republic

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is donating toward the purchase of a fire truck for the city of Las Matas Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic. In addition, two ambulances donated by American Medical Response will also be given to Las Matas Santa Cruz, which is located near Cruz’ hometown of Montecristy, DR.

The project was initiated by Cruz several months ago, when the Rangers outfielder met with officials from Las Matas Santa Cruz. Cruz enlisted the assistance of the Arlington Fire Department to help acquire the first responder vehicles.

“I am always seeking ways to give back to the community in which I was raised. I wanted to find a way to use my resources to help a lot of people for many years to come, and this donation does that,” commented Cruz. “When we first had this idea the Arlington Fire Department fully embraced it and through a lot of hard work turned it into a reality. I am very appreciative of all the help I have received to complete the project. I think my community will be very grateful knowing all the people who are helping to make their lives better.

Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson and other city fire officials worked with American Medical Response on the donation of two ambulances. Additionally, Billy Claunch of Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus was contacted to assist with the purchase of a fire truck.  In addition to Cruz’ $20,000.00 donation, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation made a $9,300 contribution to assist towards the completion of this project.

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