Fundraiser for Lancaster firefighter

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A fundraiser Thursday night for a Lancaster firefighter badly burned in February. Lieutenant Andre Kelley was injured during a house fire trying to save a woman and a six year old, who both died in the fire. He suffered burns on 45 percent of his body. Kelley had been at Crozer-Chester Medical Center recovering, and as of last week he was transferred to a local rehab center.

Since the fire, the city of Lancaster has rallied around Kelley with many events. Thursday, the Lancaster Brewing Company held a free event to benefit his family. Everything was free, from the food to the booze. All they asked was that you donate what you could.

“I just felt it was time to help our brother Andre through his struggle. His wife has been with him down at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, unable to work so this was a great way to raise money and offset their expenses,” says Pat Egan , Chairman, Lancaster City Fire Foundation

Kelley’s family and friends say despite what he’s been through , he plans to go back to work.

“Tough times don`t last but people do. Andre told me he wants to be back so I think he`ll be back,” says Samar Rudolph, Lancaster City Bureau of Fire