Donation Luncheon Is Key In Helping Firefighters

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Volunteer firefighters in Warsaw and other fire districts in the county do not get paid for the countless hours they spend on the job and in training. Therefore, when they encounter illness, layoffs from a regular job, or other hardships, they may not have the financial resources to cover the resulting expenses. In fact, one volunteer firefighter is presently experiencing serious health problems, and is receiving treatments that are very costly. The two-month old Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund (WFBF) is trying to raise funds to help this firefighter with medical bills. 
“We have planned a Donation Luncheon on Saturday, August 31, at Fire Station 1, the big red building at 108 Main Street,” said Dave Bruns, Warsaw firefighter and Chairman of WFBF. “It will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM, and the menu will include grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and cookies, all donated to the cause. There will be a raffle, 50/50 drawing and a silent auction with multiple items. It is our first fundraising event and donations will be used to help our ill firefighter.”
 So far, in its short existence, the WFBF has raised money by placing money jars in 31 locations, and on August 17, firefighters stood on the edge of Main Street collecting donated money in fire boots. Bruns stated that anyone who wants to make an anonymous donation can do so at UMB Bank to the WFBF account.
Bruns said that the new WFBF committee is made up of four other Warsaw firefighters besides himself. They are John Powell, Glenn Spencer, Bill Simmons and Samantha Henley. Bruns said any funds raised by the committee are from donations, and are not obtained through taxes.
The WFBF Facebook page states the following reason for its establishment. “Sometimes, the hard-working first responders of our exceptional district need help. Whether it is illness, injury, being laid off, or other hardships, they find themselves in need of that helping hand to get them back up on their feet.”
“We have roughly 40 firefighters in our district, plus several junior firefighters,” said Bruns. “I want to thank Chief Lane and Deputy Chief Freeman for doing one heck of a job keeping up with the Junior Firefighters and the volunteers by trying to get what they need.  They have done one heck of a job.”
For more information about WFBF, go to its website at, or Facebook at 65355wf.