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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Every day Toledo firefighters spend their time helping others in the community.
But a new foundation has been created for them to support each other in times of need.
"It's said that we're like a family and in a lot of cases we are. So this foundation is a formal step. It's a visualization of that support that we have as firefighters for each other," said Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld of Toledo Fire and Rescue.
When Toledo firefighters go through a major illness or injury, this new foundation will help provide their families with some financial assistance.
"The fund will be in place to offer assistance to be kind of a helping hand," said Lt. Hertzfeld.
The fundraising efforts kicked off today with a pancake breakfast called "For Pete's Sake..."
Today's fundraiser was named after Battalion Chief Pete Jaegly who recently lost his battle with cancer.
"Pete was very well liked and very popular, and most of all was a mentor and very approachable to people. he always remembered where he came from and was very good and passing down things that he had learned," said Lt. Hertzfeld.
Today his memory lived on, and helped start something that will help other firefighters for years to come.
Lt. Hertzfeld says this event will be held every year.
An account has been set up at the where you can donate to the foundation.