Interior Vol. Fire Department hosting fundraiser for firefighter injured in gas explosion

INTERIOR, S.D. — The Interior Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser to help one of its long-time volunteers who was injured in a gas explosion in North Dakota.

Matt Harvey served as a volunteer firefighter for the department from 1986 to 2012, and remains an honorary member today.

Matt was injured at his job in North Dakota several weeks ago. The accident left him with burns on 68 percent of his body.

He is currently at the Regions Hospital Burn Center in St. Paul, Minn. recovering.

To raise funds for his recovery, Matt’s family and friends have started a GoFundMe page.

The Interior Volunteer Fire Department has also decided to cancel one of its most significant fundraising events, the Annual Pancake Supper, to host a freewill donation dinner and auction for Matt instead.

The benefit dinner will be on March 2nd, the date the fire department usually hosts its pancake dinner, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Matt.

The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a bid on auction items and pie ending at 7 p.m. Organizers of the event will be taking donation items for the auction at anytime before the bid starts.

Monetary donations can also be made at any Black Hills Federal Credit Union branch.

According to one of the event organizers, Katie Johnston, “In a community as small as this, we are all family. We want to help support Matt and his family as much as we can at this time, and throughout his healing process. We continue to get updates of his progress from his wife Kaci, through his Caring Bridge page, and GoFundMe site. Matt has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but he remains stable and seems to be improving every day.”


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