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North Tonawanda Firefighter gets an all expense paid vacation

Posted at 11:02 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 18:34:59-04

Firefighters in Los Angeles, California and San Francisco, California are paying for Kenneth Walker and his family to have a week long vacation in Venice Beach California.

The North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter's apartment burned in an arson fire last Wednesday. Investigators say his neighbor and former firefighter Matthew Jurado confessed to torching Walker’s home.

This happened just days after the family received a threatening letter in the mail with racial slurs. Jurado, 39, claims he didn't write the note.

As soon as this story hit national news, firefighters from at least 26 states reached out to Gratwick Hose Fire Company in North Tonawanda to help the Walker family.

“Three thousand miles away, the brotherhood is still strong,” President of Gratwick Hose Fire Company Bob Brennan said.

Walker told 7 Eyewitness News during a news conference on Sunday that they are extremely overwhelmed and grateful for all the support people have given his family.