VFD hosts fundraiser for firefighter who died of cancer

ELLAMORE — The Ellamore Vol. Fire Department is hosting a spaghetti dinner Saturday to help with the funeral expenses of one of its own.

Joseph Nottingham, 30, died of leukemia on Jan. 27, 2017 in Wimauma, Fla. Before he moved to Florida, he was a member of the Ellamore Vol. Fire Department. Due to the hardship placed on the family by the deaths of a brother and sister before him, the Nottingham family is raising money to take care of the funeral expenses.

The spaghetti dinner will take place from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Ellamore Vol. Fire Department, and the cost of the dinner is a freewill offering. All money collected will go directly to Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel in Tennerton. The fire department will be holding a silent auction, which will end at 5 p.m. with a cake walk immediately following.

From 6 to 10 p.m., the fire department is hosting a dance and karaoke for an additional $5 cover charge.

John Wilt, an Ellamore firefighter, whose wife Crystal is helping to organize the event, said Joseph was one of a kind.

“Joseph was a fun-loving person,” Wilt said. “He was an up-for-anything kind of guy. He really loved the fire department, and he never backed down from helping anybody. That’s one of the reasons the fire department is there. We’re there to help people whenever it’s an emergency — or just to help people. Joseph was just really part of our family. There’s really no words to tell you how we felt about him.”

The fire department will also be offering meal delivery on Saturday.



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