AAA gives $2,000 to Oakfield Township fire department to replace stolen gear

Posted at 10:26 PM, Dec 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-22 22:42:59-05

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A volunteer firefighter was recently robbed of $2,000 worth of gear he needs to do his job.

After seeing the story on FOX 17, AAA decided to take action. Monday night they donated the money needed to replace the equipment. That generous check will keep the department on track with future projects.

26-year-old Ryan Ford sported a smile from ear to ear Monday night, because soon he'll have equipment once again to protect his community in Oakfield Township.

“Just goes to show you that if someone takes something from you that no matter what, there is community and family and people around you that will lend you a helping hand no matter the situation,” said Ford.

Ford’s family and friends surrounded him with hugs, as AAA presented him with a $2,000 check, just enough to foot the bill for his stolen gear.

“We actually found out from watching FOX 17 about Ryan’s problem. When it comes to safety in the community, we take it seriously. Any time there is first responders in need we want to lend a helping hand,” said David Vanderweele of AAA.

Chief Samuel Peterson says a thank you isn't enough for this role reversal.

“This is a really big deal. Usually the fire department is the people the community calls when they need some help and here the fire department is actually receiving the help,” he said.

Now, instead of paying to replace Ford's gear,the Oakfield Township Fire Department will be able to purchase new hoses and update the rescue truck they had planned on repairing.  Meanwhile, the gear that was taken still hasn't been recovered.