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Randy also found the time to volunteer with the local fire departments.
“When he got cancer, they wanted to do a big fundraiser for him,” Peggy said. “And he first said no out of pride, then he said the only way to do it was if the money he wasn’t using, if we put it in that fund and that would help anyone. what a Burke County firefighter who had cancer.
This fund helps Burke County firefighters battling cancer with medical bills, rent, utilities, food, or whatever they need.
“We’re doing whatever we can to help them… whatever we can try to help them,” Peggy said.
The fund is only open to Burke County firefighters.
“We keep it for the firefighters because there are so many other grants for everyone, but the firefighters don’t have a lot, so that’s what we are doing to help our own in this county,” Peggy said. “And we follow his wishes.”
In the five years the fund has been active since Randy’s death, Peggy said between six and ten people have been helped so far.
“It relieves them, especially if it’s a house payment or something,” Peggy said. “It just makes life easier for the family because the spouse, you know, always wants to be with their sick spouse, so they take time off from work. We just do what we can. “