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Paradise Valley Fire Department holds annual fundraiser

PARADISE VALLEY,Okla_ Fried fish, firefighters and a whole lot of fun. That's what was cooking up Saturday in Paradise Valley.

It was the Paradise Valley Volunteer Fire Department's 13th annual Fried Fish Fundraiser.

The 17-person fire department receives about 40% of their yearly funds from this event alone.

Chief Doug Wright and his crew love what they do, and know they'd be nothing without the community.

 "It's all about community involvement," he said. "We're not paid firefighters. We have to have diesel and we have to have truck parts and we have to keep everything running. You can't do that if you don't have any money. The people out here are outstanding."

It wasn't just a typical fundraiser, either. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Paradise Valley Volunteer Fire Department, a milestone Chief Wright is proud to accomplish.

"We've grown and we're continuing to increase our abilities. We could be here for another 50 years. I won't be, but the department could be," he said. "That's just the way that we think."

The Paradise Valley Volunteer Fire Department goes on an average of about 130 calls per year and serves the Paradise Valley and Meers communities 365 days a year.

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