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Boot drive: firefighters fight for Riverwalk victim


A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by what investigators said was a bat along the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd.

"He deserves much better than what happened," said Samantha Lewis  

Lewis is a family friend of Spires who made it a point to come out and donate.

"I donated because I'll never understand why bad things happen to such good people and somebody like that doesn't deserve what happened to him and I hope that he gets better real soon," said Lewis.  

Nearly 30 firefighters from five different departments collected money from all over the city for Spires including Westside Fire Department where he volunteers.

"It just shows how close nit we are that we are all here together; we all work as one," said Belvedere Fire Chief Chad Hyler. "When we have fires or emergencies that do occur, we all call and lean on one another because we know that resources are a great need."

Instead of their normal duties as first responders, providing aid and putting out fires, they gathered to offer a different type of resource.

"Right now this is just to help raise money towards his medical bills," said North Augusta Fire Sgt. Jason Ramey.  

Firefighters stood holding their boots outside of places such as Walmart, Belk, Chick-fil-A, Firehouse Subs, and Bi-Lo in North Augusta.

"We're taking anything we can, it would be nice to make $1,000," said Sgt. Ramey. "If we break that, it would just be another blessing."

As a man fights for his life, these fire fighters said they are fighting for him.

The boot drive will be held the next three weekends.  A fund is also set up in Spires' name at the SRP Federal Credit Union.

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