Portland Firefighters hold benefit for Boston

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The nine-alarm fire that left two firefighters dead in Boston's Back Bay may have happened a month ago, but Mainers are still sending their support.

The Portland Fire Department organized a benefit to raise money for the Boston Fire Department, and families of the fallen firefighters, Thursday night.

Dozens gathered at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland for the event, with the goal of raising $8,000. They surpassed that goal, bringing in $10,800.

Organizers say they want to send the Boston Fire Department the message that they still support them, and send any funds to help the families that they can.

"A lot of times we talk about how we support each other on the job, but our family does extend beyond those firehouse doors," said John Brooks, Union President. "We have our wives and significant others at home, and it's important for them to know too if something does happen, we are supporting them also."

Businesses donated raffle items for the fundraiser, including Red Sox tickets and a hockey stick signed by the Boston Bruins.

But it wasn't the possibility of a prize that brought so many out to the benefit. It was the opportunity to show support for firefighters in Portland, and Boston -- and their families.

"These guys put their lives on the line all the time, it's the least I could do for them," said Ray Hale, a Falmouth resident.


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