Western Refining Employees Support Firefighters' Families

Western Refining Employees Support Firefighters' Families

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Phoenix-area employees of Western Refining, Inc. (NYS: WNR) recently raised $108,058 to provide assistance for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters killed while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire in late June.

After nineteen members of the Prescott Fire Department lost their lives in that effort, Western Refining employees pulled together personal contributions that would support the families left behind in the tragedy. During the months of July and August, over 200 Western Refining employees wrote checks or made payroll deduction donations, all of which would go to the families. Western Refining pledged to match the employee funds raised.

"Giving back to the community is a tremendous part of our business culture at Western Refining. This particular cause hit home in Arizona, and I'm proud of our employees for stepping up in a significant and personal way to help the victims' families begin to move forward," said Jeff Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Refining.

One Western Refining employee who asked to remain anonymous said, "It was an honor for me to give what I could. I wanted to show my appreciation for the sacrifices made by these firefighters who gave their lives to protect others."

Gary Hanson, a senior spokesman for Western Refining, said the purpose of the funds is to ensure that spouses and young families of the victims have some immediate financial assistance, as well as to help with opportunities as those young families grow older.

About Western Refining

Western Refining, Inc. is an independent refining and marketing company headquartered in El Paso, Texas. Western operates refineries in El Paso, and Gallup, New Mexico. Western's asset portfolio also includes stand-alone refined products terminals in Albuquerque and Bloomfield, New Mexico, asphalt terminals in Albuquerque, El Paso, and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, retail convenience stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, a fleet of crude oil and finished product truck transports, and wholesale petroleum products operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia. More information about the Company is available at www.wnr.com.

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