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Making A Difference: Community Gathers Around Firefighter’s Family

Posted at 5:09 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 17:17:58-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) – A former Georgetown firefighter is in the battle of his life, because of a condition he picked up after 24 years on the job.

Johnnie Jacobs is in the ICU fighting a degenerative lung condition and awaiting his spot at the top of the lung donor list. Jacobs worked for the Georgetown Fire Department for more than two decades, working his way to the rank of Battalion Chief.

He was forced to retire over the summer when his lungs began failing. Doctors blame it on all the years of breathing dangerous chemicals while on the job.

Friends are organizing a fundraiser to help Jacobs, his wife, and three children deal with medical costs.

“I think it’s been said that Georgetown is one of the greatest cities, and although we’re growing, we still have that small town feel and love and support. It’s been very comforting feeling that love and support throughout the community,” Jacobs’ sister Jennifer Hudnall told LEX 18.

If you would like to donate to help the Jacobs family, you can visit the GoFundMe page established to help.