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Jul 20, 2013 8:40 PM by Erika Flores

"Fill the Boot" raises over $2200 for Warneke family

MARANA-The community is coming together to raise help raise money to rebuild the home of a fallen soldier.

Bill Warneke was one of nineteen firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Sunday, several radio stations held a fundraiser to collect donations for the William Warneke Memorial Fund.

It's called Fill the Boot, and all the proceeds will go to Bill Warneke's family.

Over 22 hundred dollars donated at this event including a one thousand dollar check from Eegee's.

Customers donated what they could as they made their way to and from the restaurant.

"I just wanted to help out in any way that I could especially with any of the firefighters. I knew that the family is going through a hard time right now," said customer Marielena Flores.

Bill Warneke is one of the nineteen Granite Mountain hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire left behind a wife and unborn child.

"It's tough to lose one of your own," said Mark Conlisk, Northwest firefighter.

Money raised goes toward building a home for Warneke's family and anything else his wife needs during this time.

"They're a hero to all of us, and we should be there to help out their family in need," said Rebecca Graf who donated money for the cause.

Captain Paul Coe said the community has really stepped up, and he believes the community will make a lasting impression on the Warneke family.

"To help ensure that this child knows and grows up knowing that her father was a hero and that he passed away doing what he loved and trying to protect others," said Coe.

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