HARRINGTON — The local community is stepping up to assist someone who never hesitated to do the same.
As Harrington Fire Company life member Jimmy Green recovers from serious medical issues suffered while on a recent call, there’s ample support to help him and his family through the challenging times.
On July 17, the fire company is hosting a beef and beer benefit from 4 to 9 p.m., with proceeds designated to assist Mr. Green and his family.
“The money is being raised for whatever the family needs, for the medical bills, the utility bills, the monthly mortgage, whatever,” said firefighter Dean Helsel, one of the event’s organizers.
“When you dedicate almost 40 years of service, it’s the least we can do.”
Mr. Green was stricken on June 19 as he worked with others to extricate a vehicle crash victim on Milford-Harrington Highway. The fire company described Mr. Green’s own emergency as “a sudden and significant medical episode.”
Prior to that, Mr. Green’s arrival at the scene was a calming influence, Mr. Helsel said. It took around an hour to remove the entrapped person from the vehicle.
“When he got there it was like a sigh of relief for me,” he said. “I was at the end of my tricks I’d learned after 20 years in the fire service and he had almost 20 years more than I do.
“It was ultimately a team effort but his leadership and ability to throw out ideas helped out greatly.”
Once at a scene, Mr. Green was a relentless first responder,Harrington Fire Chief Robbie Brode said.
“Jimmy is one of those guys who won’t stop working until the job is done,” Chief Brode said. “That’s just the way he’s built.
“(Mr. Green) is easygoing and will joke around. But when it’s time to get serious, he gets serious.
“Jimmy is a very aggressive fireman and a take-charge officer. He’s just very dependable all around. You know when he’s at a fire, he’s got your back and you’re going to be OK.”
Mr. Helsel described the ailing firefighter as “a go-getter.
“He’s one of the first guys you’d want on a complicated rescue or (motor vehicle crash.”
While Mr. Green’s condition continues to improve, “there’s still a long road of recovery ahead,” Mr. Helsel said.
The benefit will be held at the fire station at 20 Clark St. The cost is $25 for a single ticket and $45 per couple.
Donations can be made or tickets purchased online.
Pit beef, corn on the cob, potato salad, beer and sodas will be included. For an additional cost, a bottomless wine glass can be purchased.
There will also be raffles, 50/50 and both a live auction and silent auction.
Donations can be mailed to the fire company at 20 Clark St., Harrington, DE. 19952. If sending a check, Jimmy Green Benefit should be written on the memo line. If sending cash, write ATTN.: Rob Taylor with the address.
As of July 4, the live auction items for the benefit included:
• Alfalfa-10 bales
• Timothy Grass-10 bales
• Reconditioned decorative fire hydrant
• Summer Party Package including a 28-quart Yeti cooler bag, bushel of crabs, five pounds of shrimp and beer
• Wooden flag and coin holder made by BNR Custom Wood Designs
• Custom handmade duck call by George Scuse
• Child’s battery-operated John Deere Gator
• Cherry wood corner cabinet
• Rock fishing trip for six
• Commercial crabbing trip
• Sea duck hunt
• North Carolina hog hunt
• Two canvas back decoys from Havre De Grace
• Blue bill decoy from Havre De Grace
• Ducks Unlimited framed wolf print
• Wildlife print by Willie Crockett
• White tail shoulder mount
• Morning Pride Ben 2 fire helmet