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Friday, May 20, 2022

Go Fund Me account started for local firefighter recovering from lengthy COVID-19 battle

A Go Fund Me account has been established for the family of a Marion County firefighter who is recovering from a lengthy battle with COVID-19.

Charles “Chuck” Westphal, a Marion County Firefighter/Driver Engineer, was placed on a ventilator in August of 2021. He has made a recovery and has returned home, but his family is facing recovery-related costs that are not covered by insurance.

Go Fund Me started for Marion County firefighter recovering from COVID 19
Marion County firefighter Charles “Chuck” Westphal is recovering from a lengthy COVID-19 battle

As of Friday morning, the fundraiser has already raised over half of its $10,000 goal. The community’s generosity will help his family offset the costs of extra in-home care that he will require. This includes nurse visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other care.

Marion County Fire Rescue’s Chief James Banta said, “This is a time that Charles and his family should be concentrating on getting healthy and not worrying about the financial stresses they are facing. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives in different ways. My wife Traci and I continue to pray for Chuck to break through it to become happier and healthier than ever. Any little bit counts. Please donate if you are able.”

While Westphal has a long road to full recovery, he is determined to return to the fire department to finish out his career.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit Westphal’s Go Fund Me webpage.