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First-responders plan collection drive Saturday for fire victim Debbie Willis



Jackson County firefighters, Jackson County EMS personnel and perhaps other local first-responders will come together this Saturday, March 4, to help one of their own in her time of great need.

Debra (Debbie) Willis lost her house and many of her possessions in a fire which occurred last Thursday, Feb. 23 at her home on High Street in Jackson. Willis is well-known in Jackson County and especially among emergency-services personnel as she has been a longtime member of Jackson County EMS, including a stint as the Jackson station chief. She has also become known for her advanced work with therapy dogs.

A spokesman for the Jackson County Firefighters Association stated that first-responders will volunteer their time this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to conduct a public countywide monetary collection drive to provide financial assistance to Debra. Fortunately, all four of her dogs were rescued from the fire, but she incurred bills for their veterinary care and she has also had to make many immediate purchases for necessities.

“Debbie has helped us in a lot of ways and now we want to help her,” a spokesman and organizer told The Telegram.

He added that the public’s participation and support would be greatly appreciated. Monetary donations and/or gift cards are being requested, not material items. All the proceeds will be turned over to Debbie to help her recover from the devastating fire.

There will be several collection points throughout the county and first-responders from all over the county may be stationed at these particular locations.

* Jackson – Near the entrance to the parking area at the Jackson Square Shopping Center on East Main Street. There may also be other collection points elsewhere in Jackson.

* Wellston – The Piggly Wiggly grocery store parking lot on Second Street.

* Oak Hill – The Madison-Jefferson Fire Station on Front Street.

* Scioto Township – The Scioto Township Fire Station on State Route 776.

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