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Community shows support behind injured firefighter

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UPDATE: LINDALE (KYTX) -- A benefit concert for injured Lindale Firefighter Joe Yeakley is planned for March 5, 2014 at the Lindale Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Music will be performed by Casey Rivers and "His" music Ministry band. A fajita dinner will be led from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the Yeakley Family.


 

Love and prayers are pouring out of an East Texas community behind the firefighter who remains in critical condition at a Dallas hospital. Fellow Lindale firefighters say Joe Yeakley's health is improving, but he's far from out of the woods.

And he's not the only one suffering as a result of this fire. People in the Lindale neighborhood say they woke up to their biggest fear come true. "You see your neighbor's house just burning to the ground out of nowhere," DJ McCoy said.

McCoy lives across the street from where this happened and has been there 7 years. She's happy to say she'll be there many more. "There was so much response, we are grateful for that because it could have been more than one house," McCoy said.

We learned from other neighbors the man who owned the home that burned to the ground is Bill Johnston, a senior who lived alone and kept to himself.

"I know that he was a disabled veteran, so my hope is that maybe the VA will reach out to help him," McCoy said.

The event leaves Johnston displaced and Yeakley fighting for his life. Lindale city leaders have commended Yeakley for his bravery, saying they want to "extend deep appreciation to the Lindale volunteer fire department for their continued selfless service to our citizens during this time," Lindale Mayor Robert Nelson wrote.

The letter goes to say Yeakley's bravery will not be forgotten. There are many upcoming fundraising events in the works, and firefighters are cautioning you make sure before giving any donations, to trust your source.

"If you do hear anything about an event coming up, you can check the legitimacy of it on our Facebook page," Lt. Aaron Munn, with the Lindale Fire Department, said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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