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Firefighters support one of their own fighting rare disease

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Sunday the Village of Metamora will come together to support one of their own.      

A retired firefighter was diagnosed with a debilitating disease. The village will donate the money raised at Saturday and Sunday's Annual Park-O-Rama festival to help find a cure for the rare disease.  

Five fire departments have signed up for this challenge and they've all donated a hundred dollars for what they say will be a great event. The fire boots are in place, the dummies are ready to go, and T-shirts are all printed up for Metamora's Annual-Park-O-Rama.

It kicks off Sunday. Firefighters from across our area will go hose to hose as they maneuver through an obstacle course. They'll climb a three story tower in full gear  

"As they go up the tower they have to carry a two and a half in hose with them. Again, it's going to be about 90 degrees on Sunday. when they get up there they are going to have to hoist up another hose. as they come down they have to hit every step," said Metamora Amboy firefighter Jason Taylor.

Once the firefighters finish their challenges. You can test your skills for five bucks. Some of the proceeds will go to Western Michigan University to research Multiple System Atrophy also known as MSA.

It's a rare condition which affects the nerve cells of the brain.

"One of our brothers have contracted a disease so it's pretty easy for us to decide where to put the money this year," said Taylor.

Two years ago retired firefighter 54 year old Dupree Hoge was diagnosed with MSA.

"His mind is still good so he's excited. he gets excited when people come over to see him and he's really excited about the community and being apart of the challenge," said Alan Hoge.

Before Dupree fell ill he enjoyed fishing, hunting and hanging with his grandkids. He was the operation manager at the Anderson's in Metamora. His co-workers built a deck to his house so he could get around.

"I feel a lot of love from the family but also the Metamora community the fire department and its really great to know in a small town like this you're part of a bigger family," said Hoge.

Fire departments can still register and join in on the fun. Those interested can call  419-466-0270 for more information.

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