Firefighters and bikers raise money for Yarnell families

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Hundreds gathered in the Northwest Valley Thursday night to raise money for the Granite Mountain Hotshots' families, and the 100 Club of Arizona.

"They were instrumental  in rescuing me so I wanted to do something to help the firefighters and give back," Kelly Sample told 3TV.  

He hosted the fundraiser at Cucina Tagliani in Peoria.  Sample says firefighters saved his life after a bad car crash three years ago, and the fundraiser is his way of giving back.

"A lot of  firefighters are our customers. This is important to us," Eric Bushamie, manager of Arrowhead Harley Davidson, added. His business co-sponsored the fundraiser, which raised several thousand dollars.

Some of the money will be given to the fund for the Yarnell 19's family members, but the funds will also go to the 100 Club, which assists families of first responders who die.

The 100 Club paid for the emotional memorial service for the firefighters in Prescott Valley, according to Peoria firefighter Rick Picard.

"Prescott couldn't afford to pay that. It was millions of dollars. The 100 Club stepped up for that and every time we needed buses for the 19 families,'' Picard said.

"You can imagine the drain that had financially," he added.