Profit from a hockey game for a firefighter

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – In the job of a firefighter, brotherhood and camaraderie run deep, and family doesn’t have to be blood.

That came true on Saturday night, as local firefighters helped one of their own.

For the past two months, Scott Township Fire Captain Jason Mullins has been battling a serious case of pancreatitis, which escalated into a trip to the emergency room and intensive care.

The case of pancreatitis was so severe that it weakened his immune system, which led to several other health issues, including the need to use a ventilator.

Mullins has just been released from hospital and is still recovering, and with the long hospital stay, he and his family are dealing with numerous hospital bills.

But, the Evansville Hoses hockey team from the Evansville Fire Department responded.

They hosted a benefit hockey game against the Nashville Fire Department to help raise money for Mullins and his family.

“Financially, I think Laura has been off work pretty much the whole time, and Jason has been off work all along. So they have a pretty big financial burden that we’re trying to compensate with that. Everything, 100% of the proceeds goes to Jason. So everything we earn goes straight to Jason’s family. Raffle tickets and things like that, we were sitting at just over $5,000 before this event started, so we’re hoping for somewhere between $5,000 and $8,000. He’s kind of a staple in our department, so he’s a missing piece that’s gone,” his friend Steven Buchta said.

Buchta says Mullins has worked for the Scott Township Fire Department for more than a decade.

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Catherine J. Martinez