Hometown hero: Daiquiri Wright
Eagle River’s Daiquiri Wright, 10, still has extensive scars from a horrific 2007 house fire that claimed the lives of her brother and cousin. And she’s not afraid to show them.
Wright donned a short-sleeved t-shirt when she testified before the Anchorage Assembly on Oct. 30 during a hearing about the proposed 2013 Anchorage budget. At that time, the assembly was considering a proposal that would have cut the Eagle River Station 11 ladder truck and its crew from the budget. Daiquiri wasn’t about to let that happen without a fight, said her mom, Jasmine Dirkes.
“It may not seem that she did something all that brave, but being her mom and knowing that she doesn’t even talk to me about the fire, for her to stand up in front of all those people in the crowd, all the assembly members and news cameras and show her scars and tell her story and ask them to save Truck 11,” she wrote in an email to the Star.
Dirkes said her daughter even saved up her own money — $32 in change — in an attempt to keep the truck that helped save her life in the muni’s budget, and also hand-made signs for passing motorists to see.
Following her testimony, a Station 11 firefighter gave Daiquiri a “Save Truck 11” t-shirt that she’s since gotten signed by station personnel.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the assembly voted to continue funding the truck, the only AFD ladder truck in the area.
Dirkes said Daiquiri must continue undergoing surgeries for burns suffered in the traumatic blaze. But she believes her daughter has shown uncommon bravery in her fight to help save the fire truck that helped save her.
“I am the proudest mommy in the world right now and she is the bravest girl to me,” she said.
Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or [email protected]