CNY First Responders Help A Firefighter in Need in Naples, Fl

"There is a brotherhood-sisterhood within the fire department as well as within the police ranks," said Utica Fire Deputy Chief Mark Ambrose.

It's no exception when that individual lives out of state. Robert Campbell a firefighter in the Naples, Florida area and his family lost their home after hurricane Irma.

"We wanted to do something for the family, we started collecting gift cards and monetary donations like from within the studio," said Maria Ellis Nabe.

Ellis-Nabe grew up in central New York and now owns a dance studio in Naples, Campbell's daughter is one of her students and wanted to find a way to let him know he was being thought of.


"He's a firefighter in town so I thought it'd be fun to collect things from different departments around the U.S., T-shirts, anything from their department a patch, anything they wanted to give."

"My daughter, she called... I got a soft spot in my heart for firemen as you can tell. And I called a few people I know and they responded beautifully," said Art Ellis.

It seems many also have a soft spot in their hearts for the former New York State trooper.

We just want to show our support for our brothers out there that are in their time of need as I'm sure they would for us.


State troopers, local firemen are helping with T-Shirt and monetary donations. Ellis' efforts even reached Utica College. The Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and the Theta Phi Alpha sorority have already collected over a thousand dollars for the Campbell family.

"There are 34 chapters nationwide so we're trying to get them all involved," said fraternity president Larz Forsyth.

Ellis will be traveling to Naples, Florida next week to personally deliver everything they've gathered. To see how you can help out you can visit GoFundme


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