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West Seneca fire crews parade outside Mercy Hospital for firefighter battling COVID-19

Posted at 11:35 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 23:40:40-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Belvedere Road leading up to Mercy Hospital of Buffalo was overtaken by the sound of sirens and the sight of flashing lights, every one was a sign of support for Scott Funk.

Funk is an active member of Winchester Fire Company and a life member of East Seneca Fire Company. Funk's been battling COVID-19 for three weeks, and was on a ventilator for two and a half weeks, according to Bob Pattison the West Seneca District #4 Fire Commissioner.

Funk's room at Mercy Hospital flashed a red light of it's own. As fire crews paraded outside as a show of support.

“He’s off the ventilator, he’s doing well," Pattison said. "They were coordinating with Mercy hospital they were able to put the light up in the window and move his bed towards the window so he could see us, so that we could show Scott he still has support outside here," said Pattison.

The support came in from every fire company in West Seneca, the Town of West Seneca Police, and the town highway department, which is where Funk works.

“When we started making phone calls to get this thing off the ground this week, everybody was more than willing to come up in arms and come with everything they had," said Pattison.

Funk's father stood alongside the rest of the family, holding up a #FunkStrong banner, but Rusty Funk is also family with everyone showing their support from inside the trucks.

“After being involved in the fire service for 46 years, I mean this is a little overwhelming, to see the support of your brotherhood come out and supporting your son," Funk said.