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Local firefighters association hosting stew to raise money for community projects

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Hopkins County Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 4609, will hold a firehouse stew fundraiser Friday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Lowe’s.


The Dec. 7 fundraiser offers chicken stew prepared by Hopkins County firefighter Autry Darden with all the fixings and a drink for a donation of $5.

“We’ll use the donations to help build our fund balance so that we can do more in the community, to give to Blue Santa and things like Relay For Life or FFA or other things that come along. We’d like to do  more than we get to do for the community but are limited in what we can do with the funds we have,” HCPFFA President Brian Fairchild said.

Hopkins County Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 4609 was formed in 2007. The last few years, they’ve worn pink t-shirts in October to promote breast cancer awareness efforts. The firefighters’ group has also contributed funds to the Blue Santa program in the past and to a group of local 8- and 9-year-old softball girls to help fund their trip to a big game in South Carolina in 2009. They also made a contribution to Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan, who ran cross country in memory of a family friend, a pilot car for oversize loads for Jordan’s parents’ trucking company who died of cancer, to raise attention for the growing problem people with medical issues face because they are under-insured or unable to afford insurance.

In January, HCPFFA partnered with Northeast Texas Fire/EMS Training Academy and Carter Blood Care to host a blood drive for Micah Reed, a Sulphur Springs youth battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Funds raised Friday will be utilized by HCPFA to further the group’s community involvement and ability to assist with other charitable activities.

Not able to make the stew, but still want to give? Just drop by 1282 Texas St., and see either Fairchild or HCPFA Secretary/Treasurer Drew Pheifer.




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