Fallen Firefighters: Generosity abounds throughout Southern Arizona
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SAHUARITA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Generosity abounds throughout Southern Arizona. Local firefighters and 9OYS have been holding fundraisers for the families of the fallen firefighters.
The Green Valley Fire Department set up a tent in front of Walmart -- manned with firefighters and volunteers. They hung pictures of the fallen hot shot crew so residents can see their faces and know a bit more about the families they're helping as they dropped -- cash and coin -- into firefighter gear.
The firefighters set up the fundraising event after they realized the public also wants a way to express their sorrow and gratitude. Captain Rob Crowder told KGUN9, "We knew there was a fundraiser in Tucson that KGUN was involved with. We basically threw this together last night."
And the effort so far has paid off. One resident dropped 200 dollars into a boot. They raised more than $2000 in only a few hours on Tuesday.
And they too are overwhelmed by their community's generosity. "They come up and give you a big hug -- and they're emotional and obviously it rubs off," said Crowder who was holding back tears.
The Green Valley firefighters will continue their fundraising efforts through Sunday.
These are the days, hours and locations.
•Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walmart
•Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, Safeway on Duval Mine Road
•Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Safeway at Continental Shopping Plaza
•Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walmart.
All the proceeds go to the families of fallen firefighters. The funds raised by the Green Valley Fire Department will be going to the Chase Bank account "United Phoenix Firefighters Association."
Another organization that is helping the families of fallen firefighters is the 100 Club of Arizona. You can donate online. www.100club.org