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Local firefighters plan ‘Warrior Night’ fundraiser

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:56 p.m. CST

GENEVA – Several area fire departments are teaming up to raise funds to purchase a vehicle for a wounded veteran.

“We want to make it happen, so we can take care of one guy,” said Geneva Fire Lt. Todd Loomis. “The military does so much for us.”

The veteran has not yet been identified.

The Associated Firefighters of Illinois, from Geneva Local 4287, West Chicago Local 3970, Batavia Local 3436, Elburn Local 4749 and St. Charles Local 3322, along with Firehouse Pizza and Grill in Geneva and the Kane County Cougars, are selling T-shirts for the AFFI Warrior program.

The program supports wounded veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts, which are $20 each, will go toward the purchase of the vehicle, Loomis said.

Geneva Firefighters Local 4287 will hold a Warrior Night fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. July 11 at Old Towne Pub, 201 W. State St., Geneva. T-shirts will be sold at the fundraiser, and a country band, Mason Rivers Band, will perform from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

The vehicle will be presented to the wounded veteran at a Kane County Cougars game Aug. 22, Loomis said. More information is available at the Geneva Firefighters Local 4287 AFFI Warrior Program’s Facebook page.

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