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Benefit raises $16,000 for former Fire Chief's wife

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WELLSBURG (KWWL) -- Organizers are amazed at the amount of money raised for a deserving family.

Saturday evening, firefighters from several neighboring communities helped out at a spaghetti dinner for Jean and Rodney Kolthoff.  Jean was recently diagnosed with a rare brain disease.  She's now recovering from the stroke-like effects of Viral Encephalitis Herpes Simplex.

Her husband, Rodney, stepped down from his role as Chief of the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department to be at his wife's side as she goes through intense therapy.

Saturday's benefit raised $16,800, and the organizer said more donations are coming in.  The money will help pay the Kolthoff's growing medical bills.

If you would like to help the Kolthoffs, the Wellsburg Fire Department is accepting donations mailed or dropped off at the station.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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