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Benefit Planned to Support Firefighting Dream of Former Recruit

Staff at Columbia Richland Fire will be rolling up their sleeves on Saturday, January 18, 2020 to assist a former department recruit in achieving his lifelong dream to be a firefighter.

Last January Brandon Zinn faced a major setback in reaching that goal when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. At the time Brandon was just weeks away from completing his firefighter training at the department’s academy. The incident caused him to lose one of his legs just above the knee.

Since that dark day Brandon has made great strides in his quest to go back to recruit school but the cost of acquiring and maintaining the needed prosthetics will be something his family will have to face for the long term.

On January 18 Columbia Richland Fire will be lending a hand by hosting an open house day at the department from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Guests can contribute any kind of donation they would like to get in for a day of firehouse fun. Every dollar raised will go towards supporting Brandon’s progress towards his goal.

We hope many of you can come out to support this noble cause!

If you can’t make the event and would still like to help out click here to visit a GoFundMe page that has been setup to help Brandon