Fire and police are a tight-knit group, and they definitely look out for each other.

Assistant chief Frank Hatton has been serving at the Argentine Township Fire Department since 1984. He's married with two children and two grandchildren; one of his sons even followed in his footsteps to become a firefighter.

Last summer, he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He got a call from Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, saying that his condition was deteoriating and that he'd need a lung transplant.

Frank has since been put on the transplant list and his medical bills are adding up. The cost of his medication per year will be that of a new car.

So, his fellow firefighters have started a fundraiser to help not only with his medical bills, but to have transportation ready when they call him for the transplant. It's also likely that he'll have to relocate to Grand Rapids for an undetermined amount of time.

It breaks my heart that people in this country have to worry about not going bankrupt when they're sick, but that's besides the point. The fact that the fire department is rallying around their assistant chief is heartwarming.

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