Fundraiser planned for Chicago firefighter injured in mass shootings on the Far South Side – NBC Chicago
Chicago firefighter Timothy Eiland is still recovering in hospital after being shot in the face on the city’s Far South Side more than a month ago.
“It’s devastating,” said Quention Curtis. “I know Eiland and its family personally, so it was even personal for me.”
Eiland, which was off duty at the time, was among six people shot while driving past, including his 15-year-old niece. Police said the shooter opened fire on a crowd as they were leaving a family celebration near Prairie and Kensington Avenues in West Pullman.
“He has a long road to recovery and he has many children and we feel a duty and responsibility to help and help and take care of his children and his family,” said Curtis.
Curtis is the president and founder of the Black Fire Brigade. His nonprofit recruits and trains black children to become medical technicians and firefighters. The non-profit organization founded in 2018 is holding a fundraising campaign for Eiland on Friday evening.
“His senior year at CFD did a phenomenal job putting it all together,” said Curtis. “One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to him, not the brigade. All of the money will help him and his family.”
Eiland’s sister told NBC 5 that she heard her brother’s voice for the first time yesterday. The firefighter and father of five children can breathe independently but cannot walk yet. Her 15-year-old daughter, who was shot in the arm, has since been released from hospital. She is now taking seven different medications to regain mobility of her arm, wrist, hand and fingers.
“We pray for Eiland and his family and are there to support him 100%,” said Curtis.
The support for the family has been tremendous as people raised nearly $ 25,000 online. Curtis hopes the upcoming fundraiser will help the family offset medical bills and other expenses.
“It shows you that people care, you know. It’s just about giving them the opportunity to care,” Curtis said. “I tell people we need to take care before an incident happens. There are things we have to do before we have another of these incidents. “
The fundraiser will take place on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Black Fire Brigade in 8406 S. Kedzie.
As for the investigation, police said they had no people of interest or suspects in custody for the mass shooting. If you have any information, please call Area Two’s detectives.