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Firefighters organize Warneke fundraiser at Marana Culver's

A Prescott Fire truck carried Warneke's casket from the airport to his funeral site

Firefighters organize Warneke fundraiser at Marana Culver's

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jul 19, 2013

MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The community support for the family of William Warneke, Southern Arizona's fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot, continues with a firefighter organized fundraiser at Culver's Restaurant.

The Culver's at Ina and Thornydale will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from Friday's sales to the William Warneke Memorial Fund.   

Warneke is one of the 19 firefighters who died battling they Yarnell Hill Wildfire at the beginning of July.

Earlier this month, Warnake's family buried him in Marana where he lived with his wife. She is expecting their first child in December. 

Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg tells 9 On Your Side the community keeps on stepping up to support one its own. 

"Just the outpouring of support, the love of the community for one of its own, and the family," Goldberg said, "personally it touches me to know that we still have that small town response even though we're a very big city."

From 5-8 p.m., firefighters from the different local departments will be at the Culver's for a fill-the-boot style fundraiser. They will also be selling $20 commemorative t-shirts remember the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  

The goal is to raise 10-thousand dollars, Goldberg said, but he expects they'll well exceed that goal. 

Families should bring cameras because firefighters and fire trucks will be on hand Friday evening for photo opportunities, Goldberg said.  

Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.