KCEAA hosts hugely successful fundraiser for recovering Pratt VFD firefighters

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To you, it may just look like lunch, but to the men and women on the front lines of keeping us safe, it was so much more.

“He’s very funny and he’s just a really good person to be around all the time.”  That’s how Sydney Linville, 16, feels about Chief Timmy Walker.  Linville volunteered for Wednesday’s fundraiser. 

Walker and Billy Hypes are still recovering after the fire truck there were in on March 24th crashed, killing two others.  In the days and weeks following that tragic day, the community has come together to support the Pratt VFD.

And this hot dog sale may just be the most successful fundraiser to date.

The goal?  Wayne Harmon, KCEAA’s Director of Operations, said “To generate close to 20-thousand dollars.”

They hit that goal.  Twenty thousand dollars will go a long way to support Walker and Hypes.  Chief Walker is still in the hospital recovering.

Linville said, “They put their lives on the line everyday, and volunteer.  He also works for Kanawha County Ambulance, Timmy does.  We just wanted to help him because he helps people all the time.”

More than 5,000 lunches sold and delivered by eight teams of volunteers.  Raffle items, prizes and most of all, support. 

“I’m just proud, Harmon said.  “I’m proud of this state and proud of this area.  They’re family.  They’re part of us.  They’re our brothers and sisters.  We all love each other and support each other.”

To donate to the Pratt VFD, a checked, made out to “Pratt VFD” can be sent to the department at P.O. Box 159 Pratt, WV 25162.

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