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UPDATE: Benefit fundraiser scheduled Saturday

Posted: July 7, 2011 12:04 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2011 12:04 p.m.

Los Angeles County Fire Department help rescue a trapped firefighter after his truck plunged down a hillside near Angeles National Forest near Palmdale on Monday.

A benefit car wash is scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help raise money for firefighters injured during a crash on the Fourth of July.

Nine firefighters were injured when their U.S. Forest Service truck crashed in Palmdale after the driver swerved to avoid a dog.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday, the truck rolled down an embankment, from Mount Emma Road near Angeles National Forest and landed on its side.

Two U.S. Forest Service firefighters are being treated at County-USC Medical Center for injuries from the crash, said organizer Katherine Wilmarth, of Acton.

The dog was not hurt. TV reports showed a German shepherd that was found at the scene.

The fundraiser will benefit the two hospitalized men and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, an organization aimed at helping families of firefighters killed or injured around the country, Wilmarth said.

The car wash will be held at the Halfway House Cafe, 15564 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita. Local explorers and firefighters are expected to participate. Organizers are asking for donations of $10 a car, Wilmarth said.

For more information on the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, go to its website at


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