GIRARDVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some firefighters in Schuylkill County are helping out two of their own after they lost their homes in a devastating fire last month.
Friday night people in the Girardville community came together to support those first responders who keep them safe.
Girard Hose Company #1 held an unbaked pizza sale and handed out 200 pies in less than two hours.
This was no ordinary fundraiser on a Friday during Lent. These pizzas are helping people get back on their feet.
Last month a massive fire in nearby Ashland destroyed six homes. Two of them belonged to firefighters, Mike Wilson and Cody Price.
Price told Eyewitness News his daughter Savannah and fiancee Brittaney were inside when the fire started. Fortunately, everyone made it out safely.
“The firefighter family is one big family,” said Price. “We all stick together, and we have each other’s back.”
One of Girardville’s youngest firefighters decided to give back, because he knows how it feels to lose almost everything.
14-year-old Devin McClintock said flames ripped through his parents’ home about eight years ago.
“I was only in first grade when it happened,” said McClintock. “People were sending teddy bears to the school to give to me, and it was amazing!”
Price said that Schuylkill County pride is still going strong, and he’s grateful for the support.
“You see the stories about shootings, drugs, and things like that,” said Price. “But it’s amazing how quick these communities come together!”
If you would like to help the people who lost their homes, firefighters at Girardville Hose Company #1 are selling 50/50 raffle tickets.
The winner will be announced at the Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 30th.