October 23, 2014

Community rallies to support injured firefighter

5/31/13

HORTON TWP. — The community is gathering to raise money for an injured Moffatt Township firefighter.

Patrick Jedrzejczyk, who has served as a firefighter for 23 years and is a lifetime resident of Moffatt Township, fell in March and broke his back. Local community members have planned a benefit for him because he has no insurance to cover his medical costs. The benefit will be held Saturday, June 8 at Horton Township Hall from 1-6 p.m.

Jedrzejczyk was injured while headed to work March 8, when he slipped on a patch of ice getting into his car.

“Being a firefighter, I knew I had injured myself,” he said.

Jedrzejczyk had back surgery four days later and has been in recovery for three months already. He is expected to be out of commission for six to eight more months. Jedrzejczyk also is a third generation resident of Arenac County and has worked as a bus driver and township constable.

The benefit will feature a bake sale, silent auction and 50/50 raffles. Some raffle items include a homemade quilt and a Henry .22 caliber lever-action rifle. Local businesses have already begun donating items for the silent auction. Monetary donations will be accepted at the door. To donate prior to the event, please call 989-345-0680.

“My heart is really touched,” said Jedrzejczyk. “You know how they say, ‘when you do something nice for somebody, it comes back to you 10-fold’? Well, it’s coming back 1,000-fold.”

For more information, please contact Ron at 989-942-1458 or Tammy at 989-836-2127.

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