Fundraiser to help Richmond firefighter who lost home

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - In an effort to give back to the community, a Richmond business is helping a firefighter and his family who lost their home.

The manager of Firehouse Subs on Barnes Mill Road in Richmond says 20% of what they make in sales from open to close Thursday will go to Derek Hahn and his family.

Hahn has been with the Richmond Fire Department for about five years. He, his wife and four-year-old son had only lived in their McIntosh Drive home for about a year and a half when it was destroyed.

Back in June, while Hahn was working on his car, a spark caused it to catch fire and explode. The flames spread to his home. Not much was able to be salvaged, leaving the family to virtually start from scratch. After hearing about the loss, the crew at Firehouse Subs decided to help.

"We contacted the local fire department to make sure was okay with them before we try to do anything. And then we just want about contacting our people to make sure that it was alright that we went ahead and did this. And you know, just got the wheels in motion, we been handing out fliers all over town just really trying to get a good turn out to raise money for him and his family," said Matt Roe, the operating manager.

There's been a steady flow of first responders coming in to support the Hahn family, from sheriffs deputies to state troopers to Hahn's fellow firefighters.

The fundraiser lasts until the store closes at 10 o'clock Thursday night.

There is also a fund set up in Derek Hahn's name at Fifth Third Bank.

Hahn and his wife and son did stop by for lunch, and told WKYT they want to thank everyone who's helped them out since the fire.

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