West Georgia Wrestling Entertainment hosts fundraiser for LFD firefighters
A wrestling event Saturday night at ThreeLife Church raised money for four LaGrange firefighters injured in a Labor Day blaze.
The West Georgia Wrestling Entertainment hosted the event, which featured tag team, Georgia and World title matches. Members of the LFD surrounded the ring for the tag team match, which featured Sgt. Jonathan Highland fighting villains.
“I’ve never been to [a match] live,” said LaGrange Fire Chief John Brant. “This is my first one. I’m pretty excited about it.”
LaGrange firefighters Josh Williams, Jonathan Williamson, Pete Trujillo and Jordan Avera suffered second and third degree burns from a fire that occurred on Labor Day last year. WGWE event organizer Jeff Tucker, who also is a paramedic in Harris County, said he wanted to help with a fundraiser.
Tucker said on Saturday he wasn’t sure how much money was raised total, but that $1,000 had already come in through presale tickets. The event also featured a silent auction.
“We are really pleased and really excited about everybody who came out,” Tucker said.
“It tells you how good the people of this community are to come out and support our injured firemen.”
LaGrange resident Courtney Potts took her son, Clayton, 6, to the match. Potts said the decision to attend was easy since it benefited the firefighters.
“[Clayton] loves wrestling, so it’s a surprise for him. We got here, and he was pretty excited about it,” Potts said. “He’s excited about seeing all of the wrestlers walking around.”
Phenix City, Alabama resident Chris James said he heard about the event on Facebook and had never seen a WGWE match.
“This is our first time, and we thought we’d come and check it out,” James said. “We’ve been through Alabama, but this is our first time coming to the LaGrange area.”
Brant said he was thankful for the community’s support.
“Just once again, the community stepped up to help these individual firefighters who got hurt,” Brant said.