Fijman, a volunteer with the Patterson and West Stanislaus agencies for over 15 years, first started with the department in September of 1988 and is described as being a volunteer “simply because he likes to bring smiles to the faces of those around him” by Fire Chief Steven Hall in his column “So who are they?” published June 4.
The site gofundme.com/brjlsw was set up for Fijman and his family on Friday July 18 to help raise funds and offset the costs of treatment and has already raised $6,001 from 71 persons, with a $50,000 goal.
“Capt. Fijman has helped this community for over 15 years as a volunteer firefighter. It’s only right that we help him fight this together as a community,” local firefighter and EMS provider Eddie Thompson said on a post to facebook earlier this week in hopes of garnering support for his fellow brother firefighter.
Donations can be made discretely to the website by credit card, and any letters or cards can be sent to:
Capt. Jeff Fijman
Fire Station #1
344 West las Palmas Avenue Patterson, CA 95363
“Jeff’s brother and sister Firefighters made this page to help out with any additional expenses as they arise. Please pass on your thoughts and prayers to Jeff, Dawn, and the kids, as we fight this fight, together,” Patterson and West Stanislaus Fire Administrative Manager Beth Lawwill said on her post to the funds’ webpage.