After receiving unfortunate information regarding the health status of one of its members, the Colusa City Firefighters Association came together with its community to help raise funds to help a family during difficult times.
Mike Bell, a longtime Colusa City Firefighter recently underwent heart surgery and faced a setback where he remained in a coma-like state.
“One of our firefighters, Mike Bell, has been in a coma like state since coming out of heart surgery last week,” the Colusa City Firefighters Association posted on its Facebook Page on December 29th, 2014, “It is unknown how long Mike will be in the hospital which means he is not working and earning a paycheck.”
The association then decided to host a ‘boot drive’ to help raise funds for Bell and his family.
“Mike risks his life every time he goes on an emergency call to help complete strangers – and now it is our turn as a community to give back to a man who is so committed to helping others,” said Craig Dunn, president of the Colusa City Firefighters Association.
Hundreds opened their pocketbooks and change purses during the boot drive held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at two locations in the City of Colusa.
“The fundraiser was a huge success that far exceeded our expectations,” said Dunn.
In addition to the boot drive, the community assembled a bake sale, hosted during the boot drive in front of Rocco’s Bar and Grill.
“Lots of people contributed to the bake sale, it’s very humbling,” said Colusa Community member Sharron Zwald, “Colusa got their bake on!”
The Colusa Rural Firefighters Association donated $500 to the cause.
Diane Schuman, owner of Market Street Grill donated 10% of her Saturday sales to the cause.
Carolee Ornbaun and Don Litchfield, owners of Rocco’s Bar and Grill, donated several bake good items and provided space for the bake sale.
At the end of the day, the association raised $12,738 to help Mike Bell and his family.
“A big thank you to the citizens of Colusa and Colusa County, your generosity is inspiring to all of us,” said Dunn, “It is days like today, which reminds us why we choose to live in a small community such as ours.”
At the time of press it was said that Mike Bell was out of his coma-like state and was speaking with family members.