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UPDATE: Firefighter Dies from Flu Complications; Money Being Raised for Family
PHILLIPSBURG -- They raised money to help pay for his treatment and now the Phillipsburg community is rallying to help lay a firefighter to rest.
His fellow firefighters describe Art Springer as a man who trained and mentored everyone in the department. He died last Thursday, just two days after his 45th birthday.
Springer had pneumonia earlier this month, and then contracted the H1N1 strain of the flu. He leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter and a community of firefighters who are taking the loss hard.
It's been rough on everyone," Phillipsburg Fire Lt. Nick Magoteaux said. "Art was a beloved member. He was an all around great guy.
The Phillipsburg Fire Department is selling T-shirts and planning a fish fry to pay for Springer's funeral expenses. Firefighters hope to make enough money from future events to also help his daughter. Springer's funeral is set for this Saturday, Feb. 1, at Living Hope Church on West Spring Valley Pike in Centerville. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the memorial service immediately following.
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UPDATE: Some very sad news out of Phillipsburg where firefighter Art Springer, 45, has died from complications from the H1N1 flu virus. Springer died late last week. Springer first contracted pneumonia earlier this month, and then got H1N1.
Springer's fellow firefighters had been working to sell t-shirts to his family pay for medical bills, and now funeral costs.
Springer's funeral is set for Saturday, February 1st at Living Hope Church on West Spring Valley Pike in Centerville. Visitation will be from 10am-2pm, with a memorial service immediately after.
PHILLIPSBURG -- Firefighters are rallying around one of their own, a firefighter who's battling the flu.
Art Springer is so sick with the H1N1 strain, he's in the hospital.
His fellow firefighters are selling T-shirts and holding a fish fry to help him and his family pay for his medical expenses. First, Springer had pneumonia, and then he contracted the flu.
"He's definitely a fighter, he's fighting for his life right now. He's in the ICU, he's had his ups and downs. Right now he's doing as best he can and we're just trying to keep him in our thoughts and prayers," said Lt. Nick Magoteaux of the Phillipsburg Fire Department.
The firefighters are hosting a fish fry March 1 at the VFW in Union, Ohio, starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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