Volunteer fire department raising money for life-saving equipment
Cuero Volunteer Fire Department is raising money for life-saving equipment and repairs to other firefighting equipment. They are having their first sportsman raffle with the drawing to be held Aug. 12.
This is the volunteer’s first fundraiser since 2013.
In an effort to provide continuing service to the community, they are selling raffle tickets to raise money to help the department purchase much needed personal protective gear, upgrade and purchase equipment and to maintain their fire trucks in good working condition.
School for fire fighters is another key aspect of the job.
“We have some new members going to school,” assistant volunteer chief Brian Ladwig said.
The State pays for up to $200 for each class, but the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department pays for hotel and food. They have a max amount that can be reimbursed per fiscal year.
One truck needing work is Engine 5 which is their rescue truck/county structure firefighting truck. Another major expense is the wild land gear with a starting price of $1000-$1200 for the jacket and pants.
Prizes in the raffle include two pairs of 2017 season tickets to Gobbler football, two phantom 6’6” MF casting rods and Lews SSG1H reel, a Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II 223/5.56cal semi-auto rifle, a DPMS model Oracle 223/5.56cal semi-auto rifle, a Remington model 870 20 gauge pink camo pump shotgun, a Remington model 11-87 12 gauge black syn, a Henry Big Boy Steel 44 mag model H012 lever rifle, a Henry model HNH009 30-30 lever rifle, a Henry Golden Boy model # HNH004 .22 cal lever rifle, a Remington 700ADL 200th Anniversary 243 bolt action rifle, a Remington 700ADL 200th Anniversary 270 bolt action rifle, a Savage model 555 12 ga 28 inch O/U shotgun, a Savage model 555 20 ga 26 inch O/U shotgun, a Savage model 93R17 HMR bolt rifle with scope heavy barrel, a 50” flat screen television, a fishing trip for three to Port O’Connor, a $100 Academy gift card, a $100 Cabelas gift card, a date night gift basket, a YETI 30 quart soft side cooler, a RTIC 65 - blue large 65 quart cooler, four 500 pound bags of deer corn, a K2 cooler 30, a Hatfield .410 shotgun and a hunting scope.
Sponsors and donors are Schwab Guns in Yorktown, Jeff Smith/S4 Irrigation, David and Brenda Arndt, DeWitt County Producers, Rent-A-Center, Odom Law Offices, TrustTexas Bank, Anders Auto Supply, Lantz Tire, Rosie’s Mexican Restaurant, 5D Steakhouse in Yorktown, The Cuero Record, Standard Printing, Waterloo Custom Rods in Victoria, Braxton Nesloney, Steven Ellis, Ful O Pep Ranch Center, Jewelbox Storage, JHC Insurance and Farm Bureau Insurance.
Tickets are available at Standard Printing, The Cuero Record, Anders Auto Supply, Rent-A-Center, Ful O Pep Ranch Center, DeWitt County Producers, Jewelbox Storage, Schwab Guns in Yorktown and from any Cuero volunteer firefighter.