Doane University holds a charity event to help a Cretan volunteer firefighter

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Last week, October 11, NOW brought you the story of Brad Elder, a volunteer firefighter from Crete who returned home after nearly 90 days in the hospital. He is still recovering from injuries sustained fighting historic wildfires in southern Lancaster County.

Elder received a new wave of support this weekend; an allowance created to help him pay his medical bills.

“It was overwhelming to have such reach and so many people coming together,” Elder said. “And I think, also supporting each other, both the department head and the university president came together to make this event happen.”

On Saturday afternoon, Doane University hosted a charity event in Elder’s honor. It was a meeting of the two sides of Elder’s life: he works as a professor of biology at Doane and volunteers at Crete Fire and Rescue. The event offered food, drinks and a live auction, with all proceeds going to Elder to help pay his expensive medical bills.

“So he has a working family and he has a firefighting family,” said Tod Allen, Crete’s fire chief. “So, seeing this, I’m not surprised, you know? Such is the Elder. He will make friends with anyone. He walks around the room, he makes friends with the room.

The charity program was held from 13:00 to 18:00 and included an entertainment program of the Doane Dance Team with live music. The live auction alone raised over $9,000.

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