Apache, Okla._Hot dogs, burgers and other tasty treats were cooked up Sunday afternoon in honor of a Fort Sill firefighter who was seriously injured last month while fighting a Fort Sill range fire.
Sunday, local fire departments and friends and family gathered in Apache to host the benefit dinner to help support firefighter Pat Denton. He was battling a grassfire last month on Fort Sill's west range when an unexploded shell, just feet away from him, exploded. Money raised in Sunday's event will help him and his family with mounting medical bills.
"Just the costs of running back and forth from the doctor and any unexpected costs he's having to cover right now, he's doing good, recovering, he's still got a ways to go and we want to help him out any way we can," said fellow Fort Sill firefighter Wyatt Kennedy.
Denton's eardrum exploded in the blast. His wife says without surgery he will go deaf and will no longer be able to serve as a firefighter.
She said Sunday's emotional and financial support is something her family and husband truly appreciate.
"Considering what happened, he's doing great. He still has problems and a lot of pain but he's doing great considering what happened," said Stephanie Denton, wife of injured firefighter Pat Denton.
Denton's family said he is recovering slowly and that it will be some time before he's able to return to work.