AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - AT&T is contributing thousands of dollars to the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas to support firefighters who battled last month's deadly wildfires across the Panhandle.
The company was at the state capitol Thursday and also announced the launch of a text-to-donate campaign that will raise additional funds for departments across the state.
Four people were killed and 500,000 acres burned in last month's wildfires. Several firefighters were also injured.
"Many of our volunteer fire departments are operating under tight budgets and limited resources," said Chris Barron, SFFMA executive director. "When all is said and done we forget that both the departments and the firefighters who have donated their time and energy struggle to recover financially after taking on fires like the ones we recently saw in the Panhandle. Initiatives like this text-to-donate campaign provide much needed support for these brave men and women."
State Senator Kel Seliger, former Mayor of Amarillo, recognized AT&T and SFFMA for their efforts to support these local heroes who spent days battling the sprawling fires to save the lives, homes and land surrounding Amarillo and other neighboring counties.
"The West Texas and Panhandle wildfires remind us of the everyday heroes who bravely step up to these dangerous situations to protect our communities," Seliger said. "I would like to thank AT&T and the State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas for their support in helping those who risk their lives to protect us."
Wireless customers who wish to provide financial support SFFMA and their members can text RELIEF to 80077 to donate $10 to the SFFMA. Donations sent via text are added to a customer's monthly wireless bill.