Georgetown Fire Department asks community to continue support as firefighter battles lung disease

Published: Oct. 29, 2018 at 4:55 PM EDT
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Battalion Chief Johnnie Jacobs worked for the Georgetown Fire Department for more than 20 years. He was forced to retire in August because of lung disease caused by smoke and chemical inhalation.

Jacobs is the father of three children and now waits in the ICU for a double-lung transplant.

In the past weeks, we've seen Georgetown rally around the sheriff's department to help injured Deputy Jamie Morales. The Georgetown Fire Department now hopes the community will help Jacobs.

"I think it's been said that Georgetown is one of the greatest cities. And although we are growing we still have that small town love and feel and support." Jacobs' sister Jennifer Hudnall said.

The Georgetown Fire Department has set up an online fundraiser and bank account at Central Bank. They also plan on announcing dates for a cornhole tournament.