Fund set for ailing firefighter
by PI Staff
Jul 24, 2014 | 2048 views | 1 1 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Patterson Volunteer Firefighters Association, Patterson Fire Department, Local 4577, and the West Stanislaus Fire Protection District have put together a charity fund to help Volunteer Fire Captain Jeff Fijman fight his battle with liver cancer.

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 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.
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July 29, 2014
Jeff has been a wonderful assest to his community of Patterson. I worked with him when he was the best type of public servant (a community volunteer) when I was a paramedic with the Del Puerto Healthcare District. He is an unpretentious man who knows the true meaning of "public servant." He's kind, funny, and genuine in every way that I could see.

May God bless him and his family in this time of need. I love you, brother! Keep your chin up and your spirit high!

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