Bryan-College Station community supporting BFD
BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — It's a tragedy no one will ever forget.
On February 15th, Lt. Eric Wallace was killed in the line of duty while battling a blaze near Downtown Bryan.
One day later Lt. Greg Pickard passed away from the injuries he sustained and firefighters Rickey Mantey and Mitch Moran were also critically injured.
Now nearly two weeks later, the community is helping out in a number of ways to support everyone affected.
Wednesday and Thursday students at A&M Consolidated held a blood drive as a way to say thank you.
"We thought it was a great way to honor maybe not them specifically, but the Bryan Fire Department and all the great work that they've done," said student organizer, Austin Beltrand.
The Downtown Bryan Association and a handful of participating businesses like the Chocolate Gallery are holding a profit share March 1st through the 3rd with a portion of all proceeds going to the department.
"They wake up every day going to a job where they're going to help other people they don't even know," said Christina Patterson with the Chocolate Gallery. "They make sacrifices and so this is an opportunity to give just a small portion back."
Even the Bryan Fire Department is doing what they can.
Engine 1 Operator, Rhett Filburn, and his wife have been selling memorial t-shirts for $20 bucks with $15 of that going directly to the firefighters.
They're selling faster than they can be printed not just here in the twin cities but all over, even as far away as England.
"It's kind of been the light in the dark part that we're in right now and the sadness," Filburn said. "It makes me feel good to see that part of us coming together through all the heartache."
So far Filburn has raised more than $70,000. If you'd like to order a shirt, click here.
Businesses participating in the profit share:
Bar B Boutique
The Chocolate Gallery
The Frame Gallery
Hidden Oasis Carriage
La Salle Cafe
The Lemon Wedge Cafe
Mr. G's Pizza
Must Be Heaven
Old Bryan Marketplace
Patranella’s Bakery & Cafe
Square One Gallery
Sweetie Thompson's Furnishings
Texas Rose Boutique
The Village Cafe