Reporter - Samantha Ptashkin

Jul 19, 2013 9:49 PM by Samantha Ptashkin

Northwest Fire raises money for hotshot firefighter's family

TUCSON- The Northwest Fire crew and community members are stepping up to the help the family of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighter William Warneke.

Warneke was one of 19 firefighters killed on June 30, while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott.

Today Northwest Fire crews gathered outside the Culver's at 6905 N Thornydale Road, to raise money for Warneke's wife, Roxanne. She is pregnant with their first child.

"I was a volunteer firefighter many years ago and I appreciate what they do and the sacrifice they make," says Tucsonan John Bartolucci, who stopped by Culver's to make a donation.

The Northwest Fire crew sold Granite Mountain Hot Shot t-shirts. People could also "fill the firefighter" boots with cash donations.

Culver's also plans to donate 20% of the total sales made from today to the Warneke Family. "William Warneke was one of our brothers and we just want to do whatever we can to support his family for the next days, months, and years to come," says Ty Cobb of Northwest Fire.

"We need to recognize what they've done and what all the firefighters around the world do for us," says Annie Kruger, who stopped by Culver's to make a donation.

The final tally raised Friday was $23,374.

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