Alder Fire Department rallies for local volunteer

The Alder Fire Department will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14 to benefit a local volunteer who is undergoing medical treatment.

Volunteer fireman Josh Hansen has recently traveled to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City and the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to receive treatment for internal bleeding. Since his diagnosis Hansen has received more than 40 liters of blood transfusions, and Hansen will return to Phoenix at the end of this month for additional testing.

Alder fire chief Dan Doornbos describes Hansen as a young and energetic person who made a nice addition to the rural fire department when he joined as a volunteer two years ago.

“He was a good person to have there because he was friendly, concerned about things,” Doornbos said.

“Anybody that’s willing to volunteer their time and drop everything to respond to a fire and take the time to do the training, it sure would be nice if people could show some support for him right now that he’s in a time of need,” Doornbos said.

The spaghetti feed will begin at 5 p.m. at the Alder Fire Hall and include a live auction with items donated by local businesses and people from around the community. Following the dinner will be a dance with live music played by the Ruby Valley Boys, and all proceeds from the event will go toward Hansen’s medical expenses.

Local resident Megan Ellis is helping organize the fundraiser and said that people who lend a helping hand wherever they are able, like Hansen, play a vital role in a small town like Alder.

Ellis is also organizing a community blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Alder Fire Hall.

“We have such a great community, and volunteers are very important to us,” Ellis said.

For more information about the spaghetti dinner or blood drive contact Ellis at 842–5095

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