PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The southern Washington community showed their support for the family of Cowlitz County Battalion Chief Mike Zainfeld on Saturday at the Crosscut Tap Takeover in Castle Rock.
The Castle Rock Volunteer Firefighters Association, in partnership with the taproom and other community sponsors, put on the benefit to raise money for the late battalion chief’s family, as well as for PTSD education.
For every drink sold, $1 of the proceeds was donated to the Zainfeld family. Crosscut Taproom said the event raised $1,000 by the end of the day. There was also a Fill the Boot fundraiser that collected over $2,000, which will also go to the family. A raffle at the tap takeover raised $1,182 — that money will be used to bring PTSD education to volunteer firefighter peer groups.
Dozens of people came out to show their support. An outdoor tent set up for the event was packed, and participants wore blue t-shirts that commemorated the fundraiser.
Two boys also sold paracord bracelets that they made by hand at the gate of the tap takeover. They said the $880 they raised will also be donated to the Zainfeld family.
Event partners worked in collaboration with the City of Castle Rock to block off a part of the street and make space for the outdoor fundraiser.
Earlier this year the Washington county was shaken by the news of Zainfeld’s death. The 41-year-old husband and father had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job. Since then, community members have rallied around the Zainfeld family.
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