In Three Days, Fundraiser to Help Arcata Firefighter With Cancer Raises Over $16,000
At 27 years old, Anthony Benelisha has already worked for the Arcata Fire Department for six years. “In that short time, Anthony has been awarded Rookie of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and the Fire Chief’s Achievement Award,” says a GoFundMe page started for him after he was diagnosed with cancer. The page states,
Over the past several years, Anthony has volunteered for deployment to the Soberanes Fire, the Thomas Fire, the Camp Fire. He’s done this because of his firmly rooted belief of service above self. In addition to volunteering for assignments to large fires, Anthony has always made time to better himself as firefighter. He travels to fire conferences every year, and volunteers to teach local classes to newer firefighters beginning their careers.
Three years ago Anthony met the love of his life, Ashleigh, and two years ago they got married. It addition to becoming a firefighter and marrying the woman of his dreams, Anthony always wanted to be a father. That dream came true when his daughter Eleanor was born on March 14, 2019. This year, Anthony began his schooling to become a paramedic, but had to drop out due to his diagnosis and the side effects of the treatments involved. Along with dropping out of school, Anthony also had to stop working. Anthony is an incredibly loyal and kind man. He always looks out for the well being of everyone around him. He is well-loved and highly respected by his peers and coworkers for always doing the right thing. He doesn’t just do the right thing when no one is looking, he does the right thing when everyone is looking, even if it’s the unpopular thing to do.
In three days, the page has raised over $16,000. Anthony’s wife Ashleigh told us, “I am completely speechless with the amount of love, support and generosity our community has given us. Just so so thankful.”
If you would like to help, you can donate at this link.