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Benefit for Injured Firefighter


The community is invited to a benefit spaghetti dinner and dessert auction to support a firefighter with the Central Polk County Fire Protection District (CPCFPD).

Firefighter Edward Lamke, Jr. was hurt in a rollover crash due to icy roads as he was driving back to the fire station to swap his vehicle for a fire tender truck on Friday, Dec. 23. Lamke was driving a fire engine at the time, which was totaled due to the wreck.

“As of now everything seems to be okay,” said Lieutenant Tom Morris of CPCFPD, in regard to Lamke’s current state. “We haven’t quite made it to the six-week mark where they can run diagnostics. But he's at home and resting.”

The benefit for Lamke will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m., and the auction will begin at 7 p.m. The dinner will cost $10 per plate, and other donations are welcome.

As stated in an earlier publication, Lamke will not be able to work until further notice due to his injuries. The proceeds of the benefit will support Lamke and his family and help pay his medical expenses.

For more information about the event, contact Lieutenant Morris at 417-689-6414 or Chief Derek Lankford of the Dunnegan Rural Fire Department at 417-770-2271.