BONDURANT, Iowa –A man who is used to saving lives is now fighting for his own. Now, the community is coming to his rescue.
It feels like family at the Bondurant fire station. Karrie Williams said, "These are our brothers and sisters up here."
Chris Poulson agreed, "We support one another through thick and thin."
But lately, the thirty-five member force of the Bondurant Emergency Services is down its Deputy Fire Chief. Williams said, "Chris "Boxy" Poulson has been on the department for 24 years. He's battling stage 4 rectal cancer and several other cancers."
Poulson said, "It's been a long three years." He has had eight surgeries, ten hospital stays, and many treatments since being diagnosed, which was around the same time he met his now wife, Kate Poulson. He said, "Kate and I had only been dating about three months."
Kate Poulson said, "Started our life together. Now, we're going through chemo. We had almost lost him a few times that year."
As he battles his newest round of cancer, he's had to leave his job and his role as a volunteer firefighter. Choking up, Poulson said, "The one thing I would say about what I've had to deal with so far is it has brought me closer together to the people up here at the fire station."
Now his fire-fighting family is coming to his rescue. Friends and family are rallying support with a spaghetti fundraising dinner. Williams said, "We're asking our community to step up to help Chris, who has been on the department for 24 years volunteering his time, not only up here, but teaching other firefighters. He's helped with school outreach education programs."
The dinner will also include a silent auction and raffle. The money will help pay medical and living expenses as Poulson battles his cancer. Poulson said, "I'm very proud to be a part of this department and very proud to be in the fire services as long as I have been. I'm hoping to be able to continue that until God decides it's time for me to quit."
The spaghetti dinner fundraiser is Saturday, November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. It's at the American Legion Hall in Bondurant. You can leave a goodwill donation. Friends have also set up a GoFund Me account.