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Firefighters from across southern wisconsin are honoring a fellow hero tonight... and creating something new to keep his legacy alive... news 3's adam duxter tells us why this year's second alarm dance means so much to those planning it... amanda, the second alarm dance of five children lost in a fire in the early 1990s.... nearly 30 years later... the importance of tonight's event has taken on a new meaning for those planning it.
It's a dance that has just about everything.... we do have 50-50 raffel, where everyone likes to win money, we have other raffles, a ga pro, television, a camera.... l as the sable flames firefighters group.... holds its annual second alarm dance... it's a very relaxed atmosphere that the community and the fire department both enjoy.
The dance started in 1993.... and each year... raises money for a scholarship fund... to honor the lives of five children who died in a fire on the city's south side... but for the firefighters organizing this year's event... another person is close on their minds.
This is the first richard l garner community service award... madison firefighter richard garner died in the line of duty on april first of last year.... he was 29.
Rick and i were close personal friends, we were hired together, and he was a good friend to a lot of people in the department and he was very beloved.
Tonight garner's friends and fellow firefighters will continue to honor his gacy... he was a very selfless people who gave a lot of himself to people in the community... people that he knew and people that he didnt know.
By giving a community service award his name.... keeping his flame alive... for years to come.
This was one of his fvorite events to be a part of.we want to celebrate what rick meant to this community, and celebrate what this night is really about, which is raising money for scholarships for underpriveleged youth in madison.
Johnson says the first thing you would notice about his friend rick garner was his size.... the former badger was six foot five.... but he says the size of his heart was even bigger.... sable flames are still accepting donations for that scholarship fund... you can find a link to that on our website, fox 47