Community rallies to raise funds for Lewes firefighter who was severely burned

Community rallies to raise funds for Lewes firefighter who was severely burned

LEWES, Del. - In March 2017, Jake Slater, was the victim of a devastating tragedy.

Injured during an accident at Delmarva Petroleum, the 21-year-old suffered first and second degree burns after a spark ignited.

We are told he's in critical condition but he's holding on well and maintaining. Slater has completed a fourth surgery.

Glenn Marshall, the spokesman for the Lewes Fire department tells 47 ABC that it's hard watching him suffer to fight for his life.

"Jake is a local boy and he joined our department as a junior member so we've got to him grow up through high school, graduate, go on to be a young man, become a regular member of the department and then officer in the department," Marshall states.

We are told he got engaged the night before the accident and he just recently turned 21.

While they pull for Slater and battle through emotions, another loss is still weighing heavy on their hearts as a member was taken in a horrible helicopter accident last year.

Marshall has been overwhelmed by the community support, but says he's not surprised that their close knit community is stepping up to help out the campaign called #JakeStrong.

Marshall says this is going to be a very long process and that there are many different costs that come into this , on top of medical bills as well.

The Lewes Fire Department is determined to be Slater's biggest supporter and that's part of the reason why, Marshall felt compelled to share a personal message.

"Jake we love you, we're thinking of you. If you need us we got your back. Just stay strong buddy," Marshall shares.

There are plenty of fundraisers.

One of them is happening April 7, 2017 at the Club Milton Speedway in Ellendale and organizers say they are accepting donations and all proceeds will be donated for Slater's treatment.

Lefty's Alley and Eats is hosting a fundraiser on April 12th starting at 5 p.m.

On April 18, another fundraiser will be held at Irish Eyes. 

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