To start fundraising efforts, Help the Good Guys will donate $500 to each firefighter. There are many ways people and businesses can donate to the injured heroes, including making a donation on the Help the Good Guys website (www.HelpTheGoodGuys.org (http://www.helpthegoodguys.org/)
All money collected in March will be split between the two firefighters who are:
· Captain William (Bill) Dowling, Houston Fire Department
On May 31, 2013, the Houston Fire Department responded to a five-alarm fire at the Southwest Inn. Approximately 14 minutes into the incident, a massive roof collapse occurred, trapping five firefighters. Houston lost four of its finest that day making it the deadliest blaze in the department’s history. Captain Bill Dowling received serious burns and had both legs partially amputated. Dowling, 40, has been with the Houston Fire Department for 13 years. He and his wife, Jacki, have three children: Forrest, 18, Faith, 13, and Foster, 11.
· Joe Yeakley, Lindale (TX) Fire Department
On Jan. 17, 2014, Joe Yeakley was fighting a house fire when the roof of the garage collapsed. He suffered burns to 50% of his body, including full thickness burns to his face, torso and all extremities. He will continue to require multiple operations and it is expected that he will have an extended hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation for many years to come. Yeakley is a 31-year veteran of the volunteer fire service with 14 of those years with the Lindale Volunteer Fire Department. Yeakley, 52, has a wife, Denise, and one daughter, Nicole.
Mickey Milam, director and founder of Help the Good Guys, created the organization in 2008 after being injured in the line of duty as a law enforcement official. While the organization has helped numerous individuals over the last several years, the new effort to aid the two Texas firefighters serves as a re-launch of the organization. Each month, Help the Good Guys will identify an injured first responder and conduct a new fundraising effort.
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