Spaghetti feed to benefit stricken firefighter

Spaghetti feed to benefit stricken firefighter

06 October 2010

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USA —  The folks at Cotati’s Rancho Adobe Fire station planned to open their doors to the public Friday anyway for their third annual community spaghetti feed.

But the occasion also presents an opportunity to raise donations for injured Bodega firefighter Ben Hakala, who is recovering from burns suffered in a Sept. 25 wildland fire near the tiny coastal town.

“We want to donate any donations to him, and then our (Rancho Adobe Firefighters’) association will kick in $500,” Rancho Adobe Fire Battalion Chief Andy Taylor said.

Various fundraisers have been held to build the trust fund for Hakala, his wife and their baby daughter since Hakala came into contact with a 12,000-volt power line amid the smoke of a wildfire and was badly injured.

He was among the first of more than 200 firefighters and inmate crews called to fight the 98-acre fire, and it remains unclear exactly what happened.

A seasonal Cal Fire firefighter who has volunteered with Bodega Fire for about 10 years, he is recovering in the burn unit at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

The dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Friday at the Rancho Adobe Fire Station, 1 East Cotati Ave.

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