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Benefit in Memory of Longtime Fire and Rescue Service Member

The community gathered in Frederick County in honor of a former county firefighter and emergency responder.
FREDERICK, Md. - The community gathered in Frederick County Sunday in honor of a former county firefighter and emergency responder.

It’s been just over a month since Bill Wiegel passed, after a four month battle with cancer. Wiegel had Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Bill’s my dad and the fight he fought was incredible. He was diagnosed and gone in four months which is typical with Sarcomatoid mesothelioma, it's was so fast and none of us expected this,” says Merry Meyer, Bill Wiegel’s daughter.

Bill Wiegel, who this event is for, worked for me in Frederick County and we’re sorry to loose him back in July, but we’re all out here to support the effort, and support the family,” says John Droneburg of Frederick.

Wiegel worked in Maryland in Fire and Rescue Services for nearly 50 years.

Bill was active in the fire services in Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties and he was one of those guys, whatever you asked him to do he did it and we're just sorry to see him go,” says Droneburg.

People say this benefit in his honor, reminds them of the sacrifices Wiegel made to help others. They say it’s a day they can remember their co-worker and friend, while showing support for the family.

I didn't know Bill very well. I know he was in the fire services in the County, but from all I've heard, he was a very good person and like I said, we hate to loose people like that,” says Billy Hildebrand of Frederick.

It's just a little bit of what we can do to help him. I couldn't even count how many people he helped, so to see all these people come out today, gets me a little teary,” says Meyer.

According to experts, people usually feel the symptoms of Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma decades after exposure to asbestos.

All donations can be made to the Patty Pollatos Fund in Bill’s memory at http://www.ppfinc.org/recipients-page/bill-wiegel/

The family is also working on raising money for a $100,000 grant in Bill's name for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Fund.

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