TIGARD, Ore., and SEATAC, Wash. (9/2/15)--Washington credit union representatives and Seattle Seahawks football fans have donated 52 cases of bottled water for firefighters and 200 pounds of dog food for the four-legged heroes helping fight the numerous wildfires in the Northwest, said the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). And for one league staffer, the firefight is personal (Anthem Aug. 27).
Craig Reed, director of strategic partnerships with the NWCUA and a Seahawks fan, wrote that one of the car clubs he is in, the “Wheels of Boom”--comprised of a convoy of “Seahawked out” vehicles--made the donation at the Leavenworth Fire Department. Along the way, the cars attracted attention and, when other Seahawks fans learned where they were headed, the fans made extra donations.
The arrival of the convoy at the station brought tears and cheers, said Reed. “The smell of smoke was in the grey air, and actual ash was flying around,” he wrote. Most of the firefighters are volunteers with little resources available, including water. Many firefighters are working 36-48 hours nonstop to battle the fires.
A close friend of Reed’s was one of four firefighters trapped in the Twisp Fire. Three of them died, and Reed’s friend is fighting for his life. “So the work these firefighters do means even more to me right now,” Reed said.