Nonprofit Kenosha Firefighters CARE raising money for community

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KENOSHA (CBS 58) -- A nonprofit created by Kenosha firefighters is raising money for the community. 

In a Facebook post, Kenosha Firefighters CARE said it will be using funds available in their account to help people immediately and that they hope to raise more funds through T-shirt sales. 

Jeff Johnson, Battalion Chief for the Kenosha Fire Department and Vice President of Kenosha Firefighters CARE, said they wanted to give back after the outpouring of support firefighters received. 

"Firemen do one thing – they help people, and this charity does that and we needed a way to take what the community wanted to do for us and spend it back to the community," said Johnson. 

Johnson said CARE stands for Community Assistance Response Effort. He said it was established in 2007 after a firefighter was injured on the job. He said the nonprofit helps both firefighters and the community. 

"We're going to look at trying to give it to those that were most affected by fire," Johnson said, "We will try to help out our businesses 'cause our business are part of our community."

The T-shirts say "Support Squad, Kenosha, Wisconsin." If you'd like to order a t-shirt, click here. 


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