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Firefighters raise funds for fellow first responder burned in plane crash

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Thursday's fundraiser will be held at the Spartanburg Fire Department on S. Spring Street. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Thursday's fundraiser will be held at the Spartanburg Fire Department on S. Spring Street. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters get ready for fundraiser, BBQ. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Firefighters get ready for fundraiser, BBQ. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters host BBQ lunch. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Firefighters host BBQ lunch. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Patrick Schultz (second from left) with fellow firefighters (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.) Patrick Schultz (second from left) with fellow firefighters (Courtesy: Pelham-Batesville Fire Dept.)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters from across Spartanburg County manned the grills to help raise funds for a fellow first responder who was burned in a plane crash.

The Spartanburg City Fire Department is hosting the lunch event on Thursday that started at noon. For $5, diners can buy a plate of food that includes a hamburger or two hotdogs, chips, a cookie and a drink.

All of the proceeds from the lunch will be donated to Pelham-Batesville firefighter and pilot Patrick Schultz and his family. As of about 1 p.m., they had already served up 300 plates.

Schultz was on vacation in May when his plane crashed in the Florida Panhandle, killing his mother, aunt and teenage nephew. He is at the Augusta Burn Center with burns covering more than 30 percent of his body.

"About two weeks ago, it had been pressing on me that we needed to do something to help with the family, you know, try to help with medical bills, try to help with costs while his wife stays in Augusta," said Lt. Perry Gosnell with the Spartanburg Fire Department.

He said firefighters from across the county helped with the fundraiser as Schultz was not only a co-worker but a friend to many. He also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Converse Fire Department in Cowpens.

People wanting to grab a bite can stop by the main fire house located at 151 South Spring St. in Spartanburg. They will be serving plates until the food runs out.

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