VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) — Firefighters from all over north Mississippi came together to help lift up the spirits of one of their own.
Wally Bruce, assistant chief for the Palmetto Volunteer Fire Department, was injured on the job while battling a blaze on July 5 in Lee County.
Firefighters from across the state decided to hold a fundraiser to help cover various expenses Bruce has endured since the injury.
Several hundred donated items were auctioned off inside the Magnolia Center on the grounds of the Lee County Agri-Center.
The outpouring of support and love has really touched Bruce and his family as they continue to cope with a challenging recovery.
"The people who have come up [who] I don't even know -- that I've never even heard of -- that really makes me feel great," said Wally Bruce, firefighter. "Once again, I just want to thank them and the prayers that we're getting from all these people. I can feel it."
If all goes as planned, the assistant chief says he is optimistic that he'll be able to return to work sometime by the end of August.