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Statesboro firefighters support coworker with fundraisers
Deputy chief suffers heart attack, contracts leukemia
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Deputy Chief Ronnie Shaw

Coworkers of a Statesboro Fire Department firefighter battling a recent diagnosis of leukemia are banding together to help raise funds and support their fellow firefighter.

Deputy Chief Ronnie Shaw, a 30-year veteran of the department, learned he had leukemia after a heart attack last month. He is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia, as well as recovering from the initial heart attack, said SFD Chief Tim Grams.  

In a show of support, Statesboro firefighters and personnel will wear an orange ribbon pin, the color for the battle against leukemia, on their uniforms, he said.

Also, SFD personnel are participating in “Staches for Shaw,” a fire department take on law enforcement’s fund raiser, “No-Shave November.” Firefighters will grow moustaches and pay a fee to be allowed to do so, and proceeds will go to benefit the Shaw family, he said.

“The Department is also setting up an American Red Cross blood drive in December, conducting a Boston butt sale, and will be selling orange ribbon t-shirts with proceeds going to help the Shaw family,” Grams said.

Boston butts are $25 and pickup will be Dec. 8 at noon at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Hwy. 67.

Tee shirts with an American flag design and an orange ribbon emblem are $15.

The public can keep up with efforts and participate in the activities by following the Statesboro Fire Department’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as their website (, for more specific and up-to-date information about how to help support Deputy Chief Ronnie Shaw, he said.

To get information on purchasing shirts and Boston butts, call the Statesboro Fire Department at (912-764-3473.



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