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John Pipkorn lost everything in a fire on Oct. 18.
John Pipkorn lost everything in a fire on Oct. 18.

Help a firefighter in need

My friend (and Milwaukee's best bartender) Paul Kennedy of Tonic Tavern shared a sad story with me, and I'd like to share it with you, too.

John Pipkorn is a Mequon firefighter – a 25-year veteran who's risked his life for others – and now he needs some help. On Oct. 18, his own house caught fire, and his wife suffered serious injuries while jumping from a second story window. She's still in the hospital.

Sadly, Pipkorn's family is drastically underinsured, and has lost everything in this fire. Two of their cats died in the fire, which completely destroyed the house, while their dogs survived by hiding in a shed.

Now the Pikorn family, which has given so much to the community, needs your assistance. Obviously, money will help, but they need clothing, dog food, people food and more.

Plans are still coming together for an official benefit, which will take place on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Mequon VFW Post, but in the meantime, Paul is collecting donations of supplies at Tonic, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. If you have questions, you call e-mail Paul at p-kennedy@att.net or Beth Brahe at bethbrahe@gmail.com. You can also call Dale Schoessow, who is setting up a relief fund, at (414) 254-0369.

Obviously, I don't know know the Pipkorn family, but I really believe that firefighters are some of the bravest, most selfless people in our community. It would be great if Milwaukee could rally around John and his family and help them out in this time of need.

Talkbacks

dale | Oct. 30, 2012 at 7:29 a.m. (report)

Well "salty dog" in an ideal world, yes. But this is just a poor farm family trying to keep food on the table and get by on love and determination.

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Saltydog | Oct. 28, 2012 at 4:45 a.m. (report)

You would think that after beeing a firefighter for 25 years insurance would be a no brainer.

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dale | Oct. 27, 2012 at 12:29 p.m. (report)

Great article Andy, thank you! I've known John for a long time, he really is a great guy who would give you the shirt off his back.

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