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Firemen taking care of their own

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

- Firefighters' union food booth to benefit cancer victim

On May 27, Brazil firefighter and Clay City High School graduate Shane Zurcher went under the knife to attempt to remove the cancerous tumor that was causing his testicular cancer. The surgery brought bad news to the 33-year-old when doctors discovered that in addition to the tumor there were more cancer cells attacking his body. Zurcher faces nine weeks of chemotherapy in addition to another surgery and a long period of rehabilitation.

Chief Joe Bennett says, "This is a 24-hour job and a lot of times you spend more time at work than with your family so these guys become like your brothers and if one gets sick it affects everyone. We want to help him out the best that we can."

While Zurcher may be healthier after the completion of all the procedures, he will have a large stack of bills with his name on them. His city insurance will cover most of the bills but Zurcher will still have payments to make. To help with Zurcher's expenses, the Brazil Firefighters will be having a fundraiser on July 3 and 4 during the Rotary's Fourth of July celebration in Forest Park. The firemen's union will sell food in the non-profit vendor area across from the Rotary Headquarters.

Zurcher has been on the department for seven years.

He says, "I am honored and humbled by the fact they are doing this. I really appreciate them taking time out of their personal lives to do this for me. We are a pretty close group of guys and this all revolves around brotherhood, taking care of our own. It is good to know that when the unexpected happens, like my cancer, that they are pulling for you and willing to help out. I am proud to be associated with these guys. They are in my prayers and may God bless them all."

The Fire Department will be selling roasted corn on the cob for $1.50 and grilled pork burgers for $2.00 with all proceeds going to assist Zurcher with his medical bills. Donations will be collected as well. Look for the designated fireman's boot.

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