Howard Fire Company to hold benefit after firefighter loses home in fire

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A Centre County fire company and community is rallying around one of their own after a fire destroyed a family’s home in January. 

“It was fully involved. Very, very heavy flames all over the place,” Howard Fire Company President Mark Ott said about the fire left Trudy and Bobby DeArment’s home in ruins and some of their pets dead. 

“Tragedy doesn’t pick who it hits. It can just devastate anyone of us at any given time. So we rally around our community members,” Howard Fire Company’s Vice President of Fund Development George Demchak said. 

That’s why volunteers were busy Friday night preparing a steak dinner to benefit their fellow firefighter and his family. 

“I can almost smell the steaks cooking already! Oh, my mouth is watering they’re going to be so good. Steak, potatoes, dinner roll, side salad, dessert, come on out. You gotta eat anyways!” Demchak said. 

“It’s…somebody that’s close to our hearts, a member of our company, works closely with us and we feel a strong need to support his loss,” Ott said.  

Dinners will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Howard Fire Company. Meals are $12 a person and will be available until they run out. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and silent auction. 

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