Ailing firefighter gets 340 T-shirts from comrades

Dave Blank told a nurse he wanted to wear the shirts from other departments to help him get through his chemotherapy treatments

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A volunteer firefighter battling leukemia won't have to buy T-shirts any time soon.

The Associated Press reported that Dave Blank, of the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company, told a nurse he wanted to wear T-shirts from other firefighter organizations to help him get through his chemotherapy treatments.

The nurse also happened to be a volunteer firefighter and she mentioned the idea to her chief, who spread the word among other fire companies. The T-shirt donation request hit social media, and now firefighter Blank has about 340 fire company T-shirts, according to the report.

The shirts and other paraphernalia have been sent as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

Firefighter Blank says he gets a boost from knowing so many people are rooting for him, according to the report.

If you are a member of a fire company, and you'd like to send a T-shirt for Dave Blank, you can drop them off at, or mail them to the Amherst Bee, 5564 Main St, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221

You can also find out more on the Williamsville Fire Department Facebook page.

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