Fundraiser for injured firefighter set for Saturday

Posted: June 22, 2012

A fundraiser for injured firefighter Pat Nally and the families of the two firefighters who were killed in the April 9 Kensington warehouse blaze will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Maggie's Waterfront Cafe on Delaware Avenue, near Linden, in the Torresdale section of Northeast Philadelphia.

Most of the proceeds will go to Nally, 26, who was seriously injured in the fire, said Bill Gault, president of Local 22, the firefighters union, which is sponsoring the Honoring Heroes fundraiser, in collaboration with the police union.

Nally, Lt. Robert Neary, 59, and firefighters Daniel Sweeney, 25, and Francis Cheney, 43, were inside an adjacent furniture store when a wall collapsed, killing Neary and Sweeney. Gault said Cheney has returned to work. Nally has undergone various surgical procedures and is hoping to get married in July in a wheelchair, Gault said.

Some of the proceeds will also go to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, set up for a new memorial for fallen firefighters and police officers in Franklin Square Park.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $25, which includes admission, beer, food and entertainment. They can be purchased at the event, or in advance at Ladder 16, 2601 Belgrade St.; Engine 7/Ladder 10, Kensington and Castor avenues; Local 22, 415 N. 5th St.; and at Maggie's.

Julie Shaw

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