BEXAR COUNTY - Hundreds of people flocked to the far west side Sunday to support the family of San Antonio firefighter, Brad Phipps.
Phipps was severely burned battling the massive fire that killed Scott Deem on May 18 inside the Ingram Square Shopping Center.
KENS 5 was at Sunday's event location, which also happens to have a special connection to Phipps and his family.
"Brad was a volunteer out here for years and so was his dad, we thought we'd bring back one last BBQ to help with his expenses," said Ken Lemanski, coordinator of Sunday's BBQ.
Hundreds lined up outside the Bexar County 2 Fire Department, the old Geronimo Village Volunteer Fire Department, on San Antonio's far west side.
Up to 100 volunteers joined in, helping prepare 110 briskets and 600 pounds of sausage.
"Everything's going to the family," Lemanski said.
There were 3,000 bar-b-que plates up for grabs at $10 each. Aside from brisket and sausage, plates also included potato salad and beans. Each was served with a coffee, tea, soda or water.
"We had initially planned to sell food at 12 o'clock, and we started selling at 11:30," said Lemanski. "We were ready to go, people were already here. Plus we've got the silent auction, there are raffles going on. We've got two booths here selling T-shirts."
All proceeds benefit the family of Phipps.
"He's currently at San Antonio Military Medical Center right now battling to get better, just to rehab. He's doing a lot better," said Captain Jacob Gonzales of the A shift at Bexar County 2 Fire Department. Gonzales also serves as the Acting Union President for the District 2 Firefighters Association.
Gonzales said Phipps' road to recovery will be tough, but his fellow firefighters will be beside him and the family every step of the way.
"Right now, Brad's in his time of need and we're gonna need all the support we can get," said Gonzales. "There's a ton of medical costs and a ton of family costs they experience when a loved one is in the hospital."
"Plus [Phipps's wife has] two teenaged boys she's trying to take care of, so anything we can do to help her," Lemanski said.
Fire stations from around San Antonio and Bexar County came through to support their brother in his long fight ahead.
"Whenever we have a sick or hurt firefighter, we have a motto here at District 2 that heroes don't fight alone," said Gonzales, referring to his Dr. Pepper-themed t-shirt for Phipps. Dr. Pepper is Phipps' favorite drink.
Gonzales predicted food to sell out by 2 p.m. The BBQ ended at 6 p.m. Sunday.
"Firefighters appreciate your thanks every day of the week and we love to see when the community comes out for us," said Gonzales. "We appreciate it so much that words can't express how grateful we are when the community does support us."