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Red Wings fans: Help fill a boot for a fallen firefighter

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    Monday, May 13 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-05-13 14:13:39 GMT
    Family and friends are gathering Monday to remember the life of Brian Woehlke, the 29-year-old firefighter who was killed last week while crews battled a blaze at a Westland strip mall.
    Family and friends are gathering Monday to remember the life of Brian Woehlke, the 29-year-old firefighter who was killed last week while crews battled a blaze at a Westland strip mall.

Zetterberg to Match Proceeds Raised on May 23 for Woehlke Family Fund

The Detroit Red Wings encourage fans coming down to Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals to make a donation to help ‘Fill a Boot' at any of the arena entrances this Thursday, May 23, against the Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN, CBC and 97.1 The Ticket).

All funds collected will be donated to the Westland Fire Fighters Charity's fund for the family of fallen firefighter Brian Woehlke, who passed away while battling a Westland fire on May 8.

He leaves behind his wife Jennifer and his 13-month-old daughter Ava.

Representatives from Dearborn FD will be on hand with their boots at each arena entrance to collect monetary donations from the time doors open at 6:30 p.m. until the puck drops at 8:00 p.m. Captain Henrik Zetterberg will personally match all donations collected on Thursday up to $3,500.

"The Red Wings have a long history of supporting our local fire departments with our annual Smoke Detector Collection," Zetterberg said. "Our thoughts go out to the Woehlke family and we hope to help ease some of their financial burden through this fundraiser."

Fans who cannot attend the game, but would like to support the cause can send a monetary donation to the Westland Fire Fighters Charity, P.O. Box 851320, Westland, Mich., 48185, or at any of the five Wayne-Westland fire stations.

Donations can also be made online by visiting www.local1279.org.

WHO: Dearborn Fire Department Firefighters

WHAT: ‘Fill A Boot' Fundraiser Benefiting the Brian Woehlke Family Fund

WHEN: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23

WHERE: Joe Louis Arena 19 Steve Yzerman Drive -- Detroit, MI 48226

WHY: To ‘Fill A Boot' with monetary donations to benefit the family of fallen Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke.

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