Record Observer - - COMMUNITY -

STEVENSVILLE — First Light for First Re­spon­ders is host­ing a fundraiser, “Help­ing a Hero,” to ben­e­fit a first re­spon­der Blaine Slacum of Kent Is­land and his fam­ily, from 6 p.m. to mid­night Fri­day, Sept. 8, at El Jefe Mex­i­can Kitchen and Te­quila Bar, 1235 Shop­ping Cen­ter Road. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by DJ Juice of Bar Crawler En­ter­tain­ment. There will be a Chi­nese auc­tion, a 50/50 raf­fle and other prizes. The restau­rant is gra­ciously do­nat­ing 20 per­cent of all pro­ceeds dur­ing this event.

Slacum was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal with bi­lat­eral pneu­mo­nia on Aug. 25. He sub­se­quently suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest and has re­mained on a ven­ti­la­tor in in­ten­sive care. While his prog­no­sis has im­proved, he is crit­i­cally ill.

Slacum is a fire­fighter at Unit 7 in Oden­ton, a vol­un­teer with He­roes For The Home­land, a vol­un­teer and board mem­ber of First Light For First Re­spon­ders and an emer­gency room tech­ni­cian at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Justin Davis, founder of First Light for First Re­spon­ders, called Sal­cum “an amaz­ing ser­vant to the com­mu­nity.”

“He has im­pacted count­less mem­bers of our com­mu­nity with his skill, com­pas­sion and im­mea­sur­able sense of duty,” Davis said.

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