The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/21/13 at 03:05 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings are encouraging fans attending Thursday’s playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena to help “Fill a Boot” to benefit the family of fallen Wayne-Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke.
Dearborn firefighters will be at each arena entrance collecting money from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which is the faceoff time for game 4 of the best-of-7 Western Conference semifinals, which the Red Wings lead 2 games to 1.
Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg plans to match donations up to $3,500.
“The Red Wings have a long history of supporting our local fire departments with our annual smoke detector collection,” he said in a press release. “Our thoughts go out to the Woehlke family, and we hope to help ease some of their financial burden through this fundraiser.”
Woehlke, 29, died while fighting a fire in a Westland strip mall May 8. The Dearborn resident is survived by his wife and young daughter.
Those who can’t attend the game but still want to donate money can send it to Westland Fire Fighters Charity, P.O. Box 851320, Westland, MI 48185 or drop it off at any of the five Wayne-Westland fire stations. Donations also can be made at local1279.org.
The Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive gave $5,000 to Woehlke’s family just after he died and is planning several fundraisers, including a restaurant fundraiser June 15 at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 22216 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, and a car wash in conjunction with Dearborn Heights firefighters during the Telegraph Cruise on July 27 at Dearborn Heights station No. 1, Telegraph Road at Annapolis.
Charity hockey and softball games and a comedy club night are being planned.
Those who want to make donations on behalf of the fund can call Capt. Steve Worden at 1-313-478-6761 to make arrangements to drop it off at Dearborn station No. 2, 19800 Outer Drive
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