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Schoharie community rallies to help firefighter

May 23, 2018 03:50 PM

SCHOHARIE - "The fire really got a head start on us before we arrived and manufactured housing is made out of a lot of different material than old farm house and the fire consumes it a lot quicker," Matt Brisley said, the Assistant Fire Chief.

Members of the Schoharie Volunteer Fire Department thought they were on a routine call until they realized the home they arrived at belonged to one of their brothers, Dan Smith.

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"Knowing it's one of your own it's kind of, a game changer," Brisley said.

Fortunately, Dan, his wife, three daughters and pets all made it out safely. Dan even did what he could to help out the many departments responding.

"Central Bridge, Middleburgh, brought in Cobleskill, Carlisle, Esperence, Gallupville they all brought in water because there's no fire hydrants out there by Dan's house."

A partial floor collapse made conditions too dangerous to save the home. Try as they did, it was too late.

"Dan is not very excitable he's very laid back which is great for this profession."

A volunteer with the department for three years, Dan is a Sheriff's deputy and also serves on the ambulance squad.

After all he's done for his community, now they're coming together to give back to him.

"The Your Way Cafe Thursday night, here for our Memorial Day parade, afterward they're sponsoring a big fundraiser, they're going to have food and events, raffles." 

A GoFundMe page set up by a relative will help get the Smith's basic necessities and a boot will be passed around the fire house Thursday after the parade. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

"You just try and stick together and hopefully everything falls into place for Dan and his family."

And if you're unable to attend but would like to help somehow, just send the Schoharie County Facebook page a message and they'll facilitate with the Smith family.

"Were hoping this is quick and they can get back on their feet." Schoharie Fire Department and community members are...

Posted by WNYT NewsChannel 13 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Karen Tararache

Copyright 2018 WNYT-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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