Local fire departments raise more than $30,000 for injured firefighter

Published on Sunday, 2 February 2014 23:50 - Written by Staff and KYTX CBS19 Reports

Local fire departments banded together to raise more than $30,000 for an injured Lindale rescue worker during the weekend.

Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley was seriously injured when a roof collapsed on him while the battling a house fire on Jan. 17. Yeakley served with the department for 14 years and has more than 30 years in fire service, according to a news release. He is at Parkland Hospital in Dallas in critical but stable condition for burns received during the incident, according to the department.

Eleven East Texas fire departments spread out to 16 locations with their helmets out asking for donations Saturday for the Yeakley family as part of the “Fill the Helmet For Joe” donation drive. A bake sale also was held at Simply Bertie’s Restaurant, 16075 Farm-to-Market Road 849 in Lindale. All proceeds went into the Yeakley Relief Fund.

The departments that participated include Lindale, Arp, Bullard, Lake Palestine East, Chapel Hill, Dixie, Flint-Gresham, Jackson Heights, Noonday, Red Springs, Troup, Whitehouse and Winona.

Lindale Fire Department Lt. Aaron Munn said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.

“Doctors are saying that it’s going to be probably around a year before he’ll be able to make it back to work,” Munn said. “So, we’re needing to bring in donations, any kind of financial help we can get for the family so that they can continue to pay their house payments, their car payments, just your normal every day bills that sometimes we take for granted.”

Donations also can be made at any Texas Bank & Trust location or mailed to the Lindale Fire Department, For Benefit of Joe Yeakley, P.O. Box 8, Lindale, TX 75771.

Saturday’s event was one of many that are planned to help the Yeakley family.

n “Not Your Average Joe” 5K Community Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Contact Dayna Crenshaw at 903-312-3828. The run/walk will start at Pickers Pavilion, go down North Street to Iron Mount Road before turning around at Trail Creek Farms and returning to Pickers Pavilion. At Pickers Pavilion there will be live music, water and fruit for participants with food and drinks available by donation.

n Chili’s “Give Back All Day” is scheduled for Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Twenty-nine Chili’s locations will participate, including Lindale, Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Mount Pleasant, Kilgore, Nacogdoches and several in the Dallas area.

n Cheer Fest Benefit for Joe at East Cheer, 2718 S. Main St. is slated for Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested can contact Melissa Pruitt at 903-705-2345. The event is scheduled to have bounce houses, pony rides, carnival games, vendors and more.

n A fajita dinner benefit is scheduled for March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lindale High School Cafeteria at 920 E. Hubbard. Fajitas and trimmings will be available for a donation.

n “His” Music Ministry Benefit Concert is slated for March 5 at the Lindale Performing Arts Center, 920 E. Hubbard. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.

n Shirts also are for sale by the Lindale Volunteer Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary and Allison Rutledge is selling yard signs. For more information, call 903-530-3506.