Chief: Fundraisers overwhelm fire department 'in a really positive way'

Displays honoring Lt. Eric Hosette were set up at Central Fire Station in the days after he was killed Jan. 5. Fundraisers for Hosette's family and Clinton firefighter Adam Cain are continuing throughout the region. Clinton Herald File Photo

CLINTON — Over the last 10 years, the Quad City Fire Hockey Team has raised nearly $40,000 for various causes. This year, Clinton firefighter Adam Cain and the family of Lt. Eric Hosette will be beneficiaries of the team's efforts.

The Quad City Fire Hockey Team is made up of more than 15 firefighters from seven local career and volunteer departments, a press release from the organization says. "With a partnership with the Quad City Storm, Quad City Fire Hockey and Chicago Fire Hockey will be playing our 11th Annual Benefit game to raise money for the families of Clinton Fire Department's fallen hero Lt. Eric Hosette and FF Adam Cain."

The game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. March 2 at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, in Moline, Illinois. Tickets cover both the fire department game and the QC Storm game at 7 p.m.

Several Clinton firefighters plan to attend the game. The fundraiser is one of many that have overwhelmed the Clinton Fire Department.

"There's a lot of fundraisers," Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown said Monday. "We're trying to go to all of them. It's just been overwhelming – in a really positive way."

Sympathy cards are still arriving at Central Fire Station, Brown said. Some include donations, but most simply show support and offer condolences. This week, Clinton Fire received cards from fire chiefs in New York City and Los Angeles, Brown said. Condolences have come from across the nation and from Canada.

The department even received a card for widow Kelly Hosette from the White House, Brown said.

The department has taken out advertisements to thank people who have sent condolences and donations, Brown said. Listing all of them individually is not possible; doing so would use too much space. The department also thanked the community via Facebook.

"We have a lot of Facebook followers," he said.

Recently, Clinton Fire created a thank-you YouTube video that it posted on the CFD website. The video has more than 40,000 hits, Brown said.

To see the Clinton Fire Department's video thanking the community for its support, go to http://www.cityofclintoniowa.us/departments/fire/index.php

A native of Centerville, Winona comes to the Clinton Herald after writing for the Ottumwa Courier for two years.