Wrestling fundraiser to be held for firefighters

Published 6:56 pm Monday, January 14, 2019

West Georgia Wrestling Entertainment is ready to rumble Saturday to benefit the four LaGrange firefighters who were injured last year. The event will donate all proceeds to LaGrange Fire Department lieutenants Josh Williams and Jonathan Williamson and firefighters Pete Trujillo and Jordan Avera, who received second and third degree burns while responding to a fire on Revis Street on Sept. 3.

“These guys, they’re out long-term right?” said Jeff Tucker, the head of promotions for WGWE. “We still have three of them out of work. Since this is going to be a long-term thing, I figured OK, let’s do it in January after Christmas where we can go ahead and extend them some more money.”

Tucker said the benefit brawl will have about seven matches and three title matches in world, Georgia and tag team. The event will also include a silent auction. 

“I’m also a paramedic,” Tucker said. “They’re not just people I know of — they’re my friends, they’re my brothers, people I work with, so it’s kind of personal for me.”

Tucker said the event is family friendly. The event will be held at ThreeLife Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bell time is at 8 p.m.

“[Firefighters] put themselves in harm’s way to try and save our personal property and as a matter of fact, those four guys proved it that night,” Tucker said. “Every time they go into a burning home or burning building, they’re putting themselves in harms way.”

For tickets, those interested can go to WGWE’s Facebook page and find them under the events tab, or visit Wgwecw.ticketspice.com/lagrange-fire-strong-firefighter-benefit-brawl.

“We’re just praying for a big turnout because the bigger the turnout, the more we get to help these guys,” Tucker said.