Hundreds attend breakfast to support firefighter's medical expenses

Hundreds showed up to a pancake breakfast to support Beaver Township firefighter Randy Roth with medical expenses. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

BAY COUNTY, Mich. --In rural Bay County, he's been pulling fire hoses and helping keep people safe for more than a quarter century, but now a Beaver Township volunteer firefighter is facing a battle of his own.

He's in need of support for medical expenses he incurred after becoming ill.

Sunday morning’s snow storm didn't stop more than 400 people from coming out to show their support for Randy Roth, a more than 25 year veteran of the Beaver Township Fire and Rescue department.

"The brothers came together, every fire department, it was great," says Roth.

Randy Roth has been in and out of the hospital since getting sick while at work in October.

"My fever was 106 and that's all I remember," says Roth.

Within three days Roth was on a respirator. He soon found out he had a staph infection and later lost the ability to use his right leg.

"I'm doing rehab right now because I can't get up and walk yet."

Roth's girlfriend Sue Chartier says with the medical bills piling up, this fundraiser couldn't have come at a better time.

"We didn't know what we were going to do because we're not sure when his insurance is going to run out, we've got six ambulance rides that were getting billed for and all the different doctors," says Chartier.

Beaver Township Fire Chief Nick Tomczak organized Sunday's breakfast and raffle.

Roth was a volunteer firefighter with the department.

"He's been a firefighter through the years and then as he got older he's one of our lead truck drivers that drives the tanker and we named the tanker Shrek after him," says Tomczak.

Tomczak says it was time to give back to a man who has given so much for others.

"He's a great guy to be around with, great help to the community…He'd give the shirt off his back to help someone else out if they were in this situation," says Tomczak.

Roth is hoping that through rehabilitation, he will one day be able to walk again.

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