Firefighters are well known to provide services for public safety. Fortunately, these firefighters grouped themselves to form bands and continue to provide services other than rescue during fires. The firefighter band is generally formed to pay homage to their co-firefighters, their families and the community. Today, these bands group themselves for a good cause.
In Allen Park, the members of the fire departments of Wayne County gathered together for the family of their brother who was killed during a fire rescue. All the proceeds of the event will go to the Westland department charity to help the bereaved family.
This is a sad moment for the department since the firefighter was the first killed firefighter in the history of the Westland department for the last 47 years. He was barely new, only ten months of service to the department.
He left his wife with a one year old daughter named Ava. The firefighters of Wayne-Westland created a trust fund for his daughter, Ava. This fundraising event was a collective effort between the firefighters and the restaurant owner, in fact, the owner donated 10% of the night’s sale. They held two raffles and passed a fill the boot to customers who could spare some amount for the charity event. Fortunately, they raised over $5,000 for the family excluding the restaurant’s pledge.
On the other hand, the members of the Carmel fire department are helping their own colleague. He was not hurt during a fire but got seriously hurt, he fell in his home. He broke his arm, nose and worse, he is unfit to work anymore. With his situation, the firefighters are doing their own share to help by leading a fundraising campaign to pay hospital bills and cover his daily expenses. They just had a spaghetti dinner that lasted for two hours, the venue was the Carmel Firehouse to accept any amount of cash donation.
Stories like these led by firefighters band members are living proof that even in their own small ways, they can provide help to their own colleagues who need them most.