How to help fallen SAFD firefighter Scott Deem, others injured

Burned Out Survivors' Fund helping raise money for families

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - It's been a tough couple of days for the Burned Out Survivors' Fund, after the tragic loss of San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem.

"Scott paid the ultimate price," said Morris Munoz, a former firefighter who works with the Burned Our Survivors' Fund. "He gave his life doing what he loved to do and that's to fight fire."

The current board for the Burned Out Survivors' Fund is made up of active-duty and retired firefighters. When the board got the devastating news about Deem and the two injured firefighters, they wanted to do something to help.

"Scott Deem. I still consider him a brother even though I'm not a firefighter any longer," Munoz said. "He's party of the family. It's a firefighter-supported charity. Firefighters donate to the Burned Out Survivors Fund. It's our way of giving back and helping out."

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The nonprofit charitable organization helps those affected by a fire loss -- not just firefighters and their families, but the entire San Antonio community.

"People are left stranded," he said. "We decided we need to help people after the fires and so we formed the Burned Out Survivors Fund.

On Tuesday, KSAT will host a phone bank with the Burned Out Survivors' Fund to help the families of Deem and the injured firefighters.

"Any funds collected will be above and beyond what we had planned to give each family in this case," Munoz said.

The phone bank will take place from noon to 7 p.m.

KSAT will provide a number for people to call during Tuesday's noon newscast.

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