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    Post St. Pete Beach Fla--Cancer Stricken Brother Needs Help

    St. Petersburg Times

    Fundraiser will benefit firefighter with brain cancer

    By JANEL STEPHENS, Times Staff Writer
    St. Petersburg Times
    published June 18, 2003


    ST. PETE BEACH - A "benefit bash" to raise money for a local firefighter's cancer treatment is Sunday afternoon and evening at the old City Hall complex.

    Dave Wolfangel, a lieutenant in the St. Pete Beach Fire Department, was diagnosed recently with brain stem cancer. The donations will help defray the costs for Wolfangel and his family to travel out of state to seek treatment from specialists.

    "Anything that they need we want to be able to help with it," said St. Pete Beach fire Chief Fred Golliner. "If we can alleviate some concern about financial matters whatever they might be, I think that's very appropriate."

    Wolfangel, 42, has been a firefighter and paramedic in St. Pete Beach for 10 years. He became a lieutenant in July 2002. He learned of the cancer last month.

    "He's a dedicated firefighter and paramedic," said Lt. Lori Kordecki, who has known Wolfangel for nine years. "He's taught many paramedics. He's very well respected in the area."

    The benefit will begin at noon Sunday in the city's Upham Room and gymnasium, both at the site of the former City Hall, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Music provided by local bands will continue through the afternoon and evening. People attending can participate in an auction of donated items, and refreshments will be available.

    People can buy prize drawing tickets for $5 or five tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Pete Beach fire stations, at Ricky T's on Treasure Island and at 46 South Beach in St. Pete Beach. Winners need not be present to claim the prizes.

    For information or to make a donation, call St. Pete Beach Fire Station No. 23 at 363-9206 or Stan or Lori Kordecki at 526-3807.
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    Unhappy Sad situation

    I attended the event for Lt. Wolfangel.

    Unfortunately, torrential rains kept a lot of people away. However, I would estimate that when I was there, over 100 people (firefighters and their families, police officers, and city officials) were in attendance. People stood in line in the pouring rain to get food and socialized with each other inside as local musicians (including some local firefighters who sang....)played music. Prizes that were donated by local merchants and organizations were given away hourly and an auction was conducted later in the evening. People in attendance were asked to sign a book of well wishes.

    Event organizers were saddened by the impact of the severe weather but their determination was not affected.

    Lt. Wolfangle arrived in a limo (donated) with his family and made the rounds through the crowd. I spoke with him and he seems to be in good spirits, despite the possibilities.

    Lt. Wolfangle will start radiation treatments this week and then chemotherapy. His treatment will be extensive and will far exceed that covered by his health care. Go Figure!

    Any of you who would like to send your well wishes to him from across the nation in the form of a card or in any way, would I am sure be appreciated. I am sure you can contact the event organizer who is listed in the above post for information.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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