Firefighter ice challenge helps girl with cancer

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico firefighters are using an internet challenge to help the young daughter of a fellow firefighter who has cancer.

They’re challenging a couple pro football teams to help out as well.

“It’s times like this where our true strength shows,” said Deputy Chief Devin Graham of the Roswell Fire Department. “Sometimes it’s one of our own who needs the help.”

It’s part of an internet video challenge he and fellow firefighters took to a whole new level.

“The chief and I both jumped in we were the first one in the water. We felt like that was important to lead by example,” Graham said.

The icy challenge between law enforcement went viral across the country to raise money for charity. Local police officers participated.

But this one hits home for Roswell firefighter Lt. Warren Aldrich.

“It means a lot that they care for my daughter and the rest of my family as well,” he said.

It’s all for his 9-year-old daughter, Kinzie, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia last year.

Their family travels 400 miles a week for her treatment.

“She’s had lumbar punctures, she’s had bone marrow biopsies, she has a port placed in her chest for her to get all of her medicine,” Aldrich said.

Fellow firemen did the ice water challenge and they’re asking others to participate and donate to help pay Kinzie’s medical bills.

Today, her cancer is in remission and her dad says she’s tough.

“She’s by far my inspiration. Since this whole thing started, she hasn’t complained about her situation,” Aldrich said.

As part of the ice challenge, his colleagues are calling on firemen across the country to take part. They even called on pro football teams:

And if you can’t help Kinzie, they ask that you try and help someone like her.

The Roswell Fire Department says the Broncos are working on a response to the challenge.

For information on donating and taking part in the challenge, visit the Roswell Fire Department’s Facebook page or Kinzie’s Go Fund Me page.

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