WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A tragedy in the Wichita Falls community is bringing residents together to help the families of the two city workers who were killed following a hazmat incident at the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Friday's fundraiser was made possible thanks to the Elks Lodge who hosted the event, the Wichita Falls Fire Department, the Redneck Culinary Academy and about 40 volunteers.
This benefit raised $11,947.16 for those families.
Mayor Glenn Barham, County Commissioner Ray Gonzalez and dozens of city officials came out to show their support.
"We're just trying, as a city family, to help the families with any kind of expenses or anything like that. This is a good way to come together and show support for each other," said John Reese, the WFFD Fire Chief.
About 700 people grabbed a plate at the benefit held at the Elks lodge and nealy 300 pounds of fried fish and fries were served.
Donald Hughes, the WFFD Assistant Fire Chief, said they ran out of food at one point, and ended up serving pork cutlet and chicken.
Those residents who showed up for the benefit said they were impressed by the turn out and are glad to support one of their own when they are in need.
The community filled up a five-gallon bucket with cash donation. Chief Reese said this is just another affirmation of how our community supports not only each other, but supports our city workers who on a daily basis provide all essential services.
Dave Zentgraf works for the city of Wichita Falls said, "The city is a great place to work. We're all like family and I'm here to support the loss of our employees. We support our community and everything it stands for," said Zentgraf.
Friday's Benefit for those city workers proved the residents of Wichita Falls agree.