Overwhelming turnout, thousands raised through SAFD benefit fundraisers

The community donated thousands of dollars through fundraising events to help the families of SAFD firefighters, including fallen firefighter Scott Deem.

SAN ANTONIO - The community continues to come together in support of Scott Deem and the firefighters who were affected in the May 18 Ingram Square Shopping Center fire.

Sunday's rainy weather did not stop hundreds of people from showing up to a BBQ fundraiser directly benefiting the families of those affected, including fallen firefighter Scott Deem and firefighter Brad Phipps, who remains in critical condition.

First responders, their families, and people in the community filled a Bandera Road shopping mall withstanding long lines to park and get into Cooter Brown's Saloon in Helotes.

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Event goers enjoyed a hot plate for $10, and 100 percent of the proceeds are going to the families affected.

Outside, several first responders set up their own fundraisers, including t-shirt sales.

A silent auction pawned off items, raising even more money.

As KENS 5 reported, custom AR-15 rifles were also being raffled off to raise money for the SAFD families. Organizers said 100 percent of the more than $80,000 raised through the rifle raffle will benefit the families.

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