Rangers' Berkman to donate fire truck to West

Rangers' Berkman to donate fire truck to West

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FILE: Lance Berkman #27 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 10, 2013 in Arlington.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

ARLINGTON (AP) -- Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is donating a fire truck to the town of West that was devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in April.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the white and red truck, procured by the Arlington Fire Department, has Berkman's name and jersey number on the door.

"They can peel it off, for all I care," Berkman said Wednesday. "As long as (the truck) works," he said. "The utility of it is more important."

Rangers staffers contacted the city after the tragedy that killed 15 people and injured more than 200 and were informed that the fire department needed a new truck and firefighting gear to replace what was destroyed in the blast.

The truck will be presented to town officials Saturday when the Rangers host 5,000 West residents and first responders during its game against the Astros.

First baseman Mitch Moreland will present a check for $27,000 from Rangers players for purchase of sports equipment.

Fans attending the game may donate new or slightly used baseball and softball gear at any entrance of the Rangers Ballpark between 4 p.m. and the beginning of the game at 6:45 p.m.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will donate $100,000 for relief efforts, and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will give $40,000.

During Saturday's game the Rangers will wear a patch that says "Support West" on the right sleeves of their game jerseys, which will be raffled to raise additional funds for the relief efforts.

On Tuesday, Central Texas Iron Works the Waco employer of brothers Robert and Doug Snokhous who were killed in the blast gave West officials a check for $45,950 to purchase another fire truck.

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