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Samson Resources contributes
$1,531 to Canadian firefighters
Samson Resources representative Casey
Long presented a $1,531.25 check last week
to Canadian VFD Fire Chief Scott Brewster.
The contribution was one of several made as
part of the company’s Good Catch Safety
program, which benefits various non-profit
organizations in communities where Samson
The Good Catch Program was launched
in the summer of 2012 in an effort to reward
a culture of safety leadership, in which every
Samson field employee has the responsibility
to identify and report hazards that may exist
in the workplace. According to a letter sent
to the Canadian Volunteer Fire Department
by Samson Resources (Perryton) Produc-
tion Superintendent David Wilkes, the pro-
gram’s intent is to address hazards before an
incident occurs, thus preventing accidents
and injuries in the workplace.
“A secondary goal for the program is to
enhance the communities in which we oper-
ate,” Wilkes wrote, adding that the Carbon
County Samson workgroup had nominated
Canadian VFD to receive the donation.
Wilkes explained that each workgroup
has goals for the number of “good catches”
reported on a quarterly basis and for annual
employee participation. “When a workgroup
meets their goals, each employee and their
designated organization is rewarded a finan-
cial incentive,” Wilkes explained. Employee
incentive awards are matched by Samson
and directed to designated non-profit orga-
The check presented to Canadian VFD
was part of a $79,500 disbursement made
to non-profits throughout Samson’s operat-
ing area. Other recipients included boys and
girls clubs, food banks, 4-H organizations,
and health and wellness and senior citizens
centers in communities in Wyoming, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas.
Other beneficiaries included the American
Red Cross, Salvation Army, St. Jude Chil-
dren’s Research Hospital and Shiner’s Hos-
pital for Children.
Donations were also made to volunteer
fire departments in Lipscomb, Ochiltree and
Samson Resources is a large independent
oil and gas company with headquarters in
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CANADIAN VFD HDNDREES:G///i/d/i/// Fire Chief Scott Brewster congratulated veteran firefight-
ers Eddie Johnson and Andy Ford this week for awards they received in the Annual Volunteer
Firefighters Banquet held on March 2. Johnson was chosen Firefighter of the Year, an honor
bestowed on him by his fellow firefighters, who each year acknowledge the tireless efforts of one of
their own. Brewster said Johnson has been a loyal volunteer who always responds when the fire
department, is dispatched to a fire or wreck, and who often can be found working on equipment
in between emergency calls. Ford was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Horse’s Rear Award—
another annual honor given to a volunteer as a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of his service.
Brewster would not say exactly what a member of the department does to merit the dubious
Horse’s Rear honor. His only comment: “You couldn’t print it if I told you. ” The Canadian VFD
will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2014 and has already begun making plans to make that
celebration a special one. They are hoping to enlist some help gathering interesting old photos
and other memorabilia from Hemphill County residents that might properly commetnorate the
department ’s history since its formation in 1914. Anyone with ideas or contributions is encour-
aged to contact Spencer Hanes at 806.217.0128 or via e-mail at email@example.com, or
any other fire department member. PHDTD BY LAURIE EZZELL BRUW N
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Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 123, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 28, 2013, newspaper, March 28, 2013; Canadian, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth649250/m1/9/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.