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Local fire department hosts fundraiser for firefighter’s family while he’s away on deployment

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North Bannock Firefighters’ Association President President Jim Devenney watches the spaghetti feed operation from the drive-through line on Feb. 27, 2021. Dinner plates were sold for $5 each, and $20 for a family portion. | Kalama Hines, EastIdahoNews.com

CHUBBUCK — When the family of North Bannock firefighter Donald Dancliff was involved in a car crash just about a month ago, whether or not the station was going to help was not a question. The only question was how.

“We just all, as a group, started talking about what we could for the family,” North Bannock Firefighters’ Association President Jim Devenney told EastIdahoNews.com. “I don’t remember who, but somebody said, ‘hey, let’s do a spaghetti fundraiser.’ We’ve done one in the past and we thought it was a great idea.”

Even though the crash was not major and no one was injured, it was still traumatic. His wife and daughter were pulled from the vehicle. Dancliff is currently on deployment in another state as a navy reserve on a 12-month assignment.

Jamie Brown is, like everyone else at the department, a volunteer firefighter. She also took over as the fundraiser chair with planning for the spaghetti feed already in motion.

No one asked a question, she said, it was immediately all hands on deck, with everyone ready to do whatever was necessary to help their brother’s family.

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But volunteer firefighters aren’t exactly prepared to feed hundreds of people, so Brown reached out to Vilano’s Italian restaurant for help. She talked to the manager there, asking for tips. But after explaining the situation, Vilano’s offered more than advice.

“We did have Vilano’s Pizzeria step in huge,” Brown told EastIdahoNews.com. “I called them with a question, and the owner, she just was willing to help with anything she can. … It was awesome.”

The spaghetti was made by the firefighters, and the cookies and rolls were purchased. But the salad and salad dressing was donated by Vilano’s.

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The firefighters also accepted donations from supporters who weren’t in the mood for spaghetti.

During a similar fundraising event several months ago, they were raised $2,000. Devenney doesn’t have an exact total from last night’s event but says they were able to raise several hundred dollars. Organizers will continue to accept donations for the Dancliff family beyond Saturday.

Those interested in helping the Dancliff family have two options to do so. They can drop off a donation at the firehouse — located at 444 East Chubbuck Road in Pocatello.

Donations can also be made on Venmo, to the North Bannock Fire Department’s account: NBFDFFA. Donors taking this route are asked to include in the note accompanying the donation that it is meant for the family of Donald Dancliff.

Because the North Bannock Fire Department is a volunteer organization, they also accept donations, which can be made to the same Venmo account. Accompanying notes for these donations should state their intention as well.

CORRECTION EastIdahoNews.com originally reported that a previous spaghetti feed fundraiser had raised $2,000 for the Dancliff family. In actuality, the previous fundraiser was for the benefit of a local construction worker.

Our attorneys tell us we need to put this disclaimer in stories involving fundraisers: EastIdahoNews.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries.

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