CHICAGO (CBS) — Firefighters made a big push Friday night to raise money for a colleague who was critically wounded in a mass shooting last month.
Members of the Black Fire Brigade hosted a fundraiser Friday night to help out the family of firefighter Chicago Firefighter Timothy Eiland, who was among five people hurt in a shooting in the West Pullman neighborhood on Sept. 11.READ MORE: Jury Selection Under Way In Jussie Smollett Trial
The shooting also claimed the life of 42-year-old Schenia Smith.
Friday night, fellow firefighters said Eiland is pulling through after he was shot in the face.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting; Police Believe Shooting Was Targeted
“He’s been up for six, seven hours at a time on a daily basis. So he’s coming around more, and he’s more responsive. So we’re extremely optimistic that he’ll have a full recovery,” said Chicago Firefighter Steven Ellerson Jr.
“When anything happens to one of our firefighters, everybody comes together,” said Chicago Fire Battalion Chief Arriel Grey Jr.
Eiland is a husband, and father of five children.MORE NEWS: Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured After House Fire In Clearing
His parents have started a GoFundMe account that has already raised more $28,000 to help the family pay his medical bills.