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Local fire crews raise money for firefighter after family tragedy

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Two local fire departments banded together last week to send home Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens of the Medical Lake Fire Dept after a tornado touched down in his hometown of Smithfield, N.Y., killing three members of his family. Two local fire departments banded together last week to send home Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens of the Medical Lake Fire Dept after a tornado touched down in his hometown of Smithfield, N.Y., killing three members of his family.
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

Two local fire departments banded together last week to send home Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens of the Medical Lake Fire Department after a tornado touched down in his hometown of Smithfield, N.Y., killing three members of his family.

Stevens is from Smithfield, and he says he is the only family member who doesn’t still live there. He moved to Spokane after he left the military, and has worked for Medical Lake Fire for about 14 years.

After the tornado struck last Tuesday, Stevens contacted his chief and best friend Jason Mayfield. When Mayfield received the text he immediately set things in motion to raise money to get Stevens, his wife and his two kids home to Smithfield.

But in order to raise the money, they needed a little help. So Chief Mayfield called over to the Airway Heights Fire, another volunteer fire department.

“It was never a question,” Lt. Jack Collins said. “The only question was how much do you need.”

Between the two departments, they raised more than $3,000 dollars, which went toward travel expenses for Stevens and his family.

“Words can’t describe it,” Stevens told KHQ’s Gabe Cohen. “For them to, out of the kindness of their heart, to help a fellow brother, it’s quite touching.

 

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