Chicago firefighter Timothy Eiland is still recovering in hospital after being shot in the face more than a month ago in the city’s far south.
“It’s devastating,” Quention Curtis said. “I know Eiland and his family personally, so it was even personal to me.”
Eiland, who was off duty at the time, was among six people gunned down in a drive-by, including his 15-year-old niece. Police said the gunman opened fire on a crowd as they left a family celebration near Prairie and Kensington avenues in West Pullman.
“He has a long way to go in recovery and he has many children, and we feel a duty and a responsibility to help him and to help him and his family and to take care of his children. “said Curtis.
Curtis is the president and founder of the Black Fire Brigade. His non-profit organization recruits and trains black children to become medical technicians and firefighters. The non-profit association created in 2018 will organize a fundraiser for Eiland on Friday evening.
“His promotion to CFD did a phenomenal job helping put all of this in place,” Curtis said. “One hundred percent of the profits go to him, not the brigade. All the money will go to him and his family.
Eiland’s sister told NBC 5 that she heard her brother’s voice for the first time yesterday. The firefighter and father of five is able to breathe on his own but still unable to walk. Meanwhile, her 15-year-old daughter, who was shot in the arm, was released from the hospital. She is now taking seven different medications to try to regain mobility in her arm, wrist, hand and fingers.
“We pray for Eiland and his family and we are here to support him 100%,” Curtis said.
The support for the family has been enormous with people raising almost $ 25,000 online. Curtis hopes the next fundraiser will help the family offset the cost of medical bills and other expenses.
“It lets you know that people care, you know. It’s just about giving them the opportunity to care,” Curtis said. “I tell people we need to take care before one incident happens. There are things we need to do before we have another of these incidents.”
The fundraiser will take place Friday at 6 p.m. at the Black Fire Brigade Headquarters at 8406 S. Kedzie.
As for the investigation, police said they had no person of interest or suspect in custody for the mass shooting. If you have any information, please call Zone 2 detectives.