Fund raiser Friday for family of Marana hotshot killed in Yarnell fire

2013-07-17T14:02:00Z Fund raiser Friday for family of Marana hotshot killed in Yarnell fireKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 17, 2013 2:02 pm  • 

Northwest Firefighters Charities will host a fundraiser Friday for the family of a Marana firefighter killed on the job.

Billy Warneke, 25, was one of the 19 Granite Mountain hotshots who died June 30 while battling a wildfire in Yarnell. Funds raised will help support his wife of almost five years, Roxanne, and their unborn child.

Northwest Firefighters Charities will be asking patrons at Culver’s Restaurant, 6905 North Thornydale Road, to “Fill The Boot” with donations from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said in a news release. The restaurant is between West Ina and West Orange Grove roads.

Also for sale, $20 T-shirts with the proceeds going to the Warneke family.

Supporters who cannot make it to the restaurant in time to “Fill the Boot,” can still contribute. Culver’s plans to donate 20 percent of the day’s profits to the family.

Northwest Firefighters Charities will match all donations up to $2,000, Goldberg said.

“We have also challenged all of the locals to do the same, and we have a goal of $10,000 for this night,” Goldberg said.

Firefighters and fire trucks will be on hand at the event for photos with kids and adults.

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