BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Firefighters may know more about fire rescues than serving food, but when they learned one of their own was battling liver cancer, they knew they had to respond quickly.
The Biloxi Fire Department teamed-up with the Biloxi Fire Museum to sell plates of pulled-pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, and cake on Friday. Each plate sold will help pay medical expenses for Allen Brindley, a mechanic who makes sure all the fire equipment and engines are in working order.
"It's kind of bittersweet. He's such a great guy. He's quiet and he would never come and ask us, but I can just see the appreciation on his face," said Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney.
The food, 298-plates in all, sold out in only two hours.
"This is 9/11 and this is a good cause and I think it's well worth my effort and I get a meal out of this. But I also get the feeling that I'm contributing and helping others and it makes me feel good," Biloxi Resident Roger Smith.
When asked how the event will help with his recovery, Brindley replied, "Brings my spirits up some."
Amy Williams knows what that support means to families. She picked up eight meals in remembrance of her brother Richard Moore, a Biloxi firefighter who died in August.
"They save our lives when we need them. They come out and protect our property and so I just want him remembered. We just lost our father, too, Wednesday. So it's tough," said Williams with tears in her eyes.
The BBQ fundraiser shows that in times of need, the department can always count on their firefighter family and the community.
"It has a lot of meaning to me because I believe in people who serve their country. I believe in first responders. I believe in the fact that they are helping us and we do everything to help them," said Smith.
The Biloxi Police Department helped cook the meat for the event, which raised more than $1,900. On September 19, there will be a drawing for a Yeti cooler, with proceeds going to support the Brindley family.