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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Community members are rallying together after a fire that destroyed the home of a 9/11 first responder left him and his family with nothing.

The home belonged to Jimmy Kadnar, a retired New York firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Kadnar had just left for work Tuesday, July 5 when the fire started. His wife and their five children got out of the house safely. The fire has been ruled an accident.

Monkey Joe’s on Shipyard Boulevard is hosting a benefit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will donate $3.00 from every regular admission ticket to the Kadnar family.

If you’d like to donate items for the Kadnars, you can drop off at Britts Motorsports. Monkey Joe’s will also accept donations.

2 yr old girl 2t-4t, 6-61/2 shoe
5 yr old boy 5t, 11 shoe
6 yr old boy 6-7, 2-3 shoe
13 yr old boy med 29-30, 11 1/2- 12 shoe
17 yr old girl 14 pant med-lg shirts, 9 shoe
Wife Barbara med shirts, Sm pant
Jimmy XL shirt 36-38 pant, 9 shoe

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9 Comments on "Benefit Sunday for firefighter and family who lost all in house fire"

2015 years 10 months ago

I really don’t expect this to pass muster with the WWAY censors, but, while I am sorry that these folks lost their home, would the response from the public and news media be so great if the victim had been someone other than a 9-11 first responder? Why are these people considered “heros” for just doing their job? Would the response be as much had the victim been a hardware store clerk, a cab driver or a trucker?

2015 years 10 months ago

and write your comments there. As far as there being no decency left in the south or southern hospitality you yankees have killed it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Write your comments there.

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree that these 911 responders are no more special than anyone else that sustains a trajedy. Evidently they were all well compensated as they have plenty of money to relocate and make a nice life for themselves without worrying about having to work hard the rest of their lives. Many of them are very young and enjoying a long, long retirement while most of us have to work for years before we retire. It just isn’t right to try to capitalize on their coincidental involvement in 911. They just happened to be at work that day. What accident caused the fire? Was it smoking?

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s not the fact that he was at the towers that day. It’s not the fact that he is a yankee. What upset people is his yankee attitude that he brought with him. As is the case with most people who come from the north, he wanted to complain about how things were done down here. He knew what he was getting into and if he had felt that things weren’t like he wanted, he should have either bought another house or taken steps to improve his situation. Instead, he would rather just complain. Like I said in an earlier post, I have lost a home to fire. The equipment wasn’t working properly and we may have been able to save more of our belongings if it had been, but we were so grateful to have made it out alive, we never even thought about placing blame. He really should be grateful for what he has instead of complaining about what went wrong.

Guest of Way Below the Masy-Dixie
2015 years 10 months ago

That’s not the way we post comments on the news station’s website in New York. What a maroon. Hah. Too funny.

Southern Shame
2015 years 10 months ago

I am a southerner. I am truly ashamed at some of the comments here. Kadnar was at work that day. How is that any different than anyone else being at work? A lot of these guys did what most wouldn’t have done. Those firefighters and police officers went into and up the towers (with a distinct awareness that many of them would never see their families again)and helped get people out. Reminds me of some southerners who were ordered to march across a field at Gettysburg on the 3rd day by General Pickett. Marching to a certain death, yet they did so anyway. There were plenty of stories that day of individual heroics from FDNY personnel. There were also plenty of other heroics that occurred that day from Port Authority Police, NYPD, Citizens, Neighbors, and friends. Watch any documentary on the day, and you’re sure to catch a glimpse. To many proud US Citizens, there is a sense of pride in how many of our first responders acted that day. While I don’t feel any of them are any better than anyone else, I certainly have an enormous respect for what they had to endure on that day, which certainly surpassed any realistic expecations of Emergency Responders prior to 9/11.

I work with a 9/11 First Responder, who still feels the psychological and physical effects of being at the World Trade Center site on that awful day for this nation. He certainly has no golden parachute from the city, nor did he retire any earlier than any of his predecessors. He did his 20 years, including some time after 9/11, got out, and moved his family away from the hussle and bussle of New York City. What makes them special isn’t that they were there, it is what they did and endured while they were there. Until any of you have walked in their shoes, comments like some of the above do nothing but bring shame to this community. Some of your comments distinctly remind me of the people who spat upon my father as he returned home from his 2nd tour in Vietnam. Sometimes I wonder if this town has any southern decency left in it.

Lastly, I would hope that this community, and any community for that matter, would come to the aid of any of its residents regardless of their current/former jobs, life experiences, or place of origin. Respect, decency, and honor seem to be lacking in a large majority of posters on this site, regardless of what the topic at hand is.

2015 years 10 months ago

tell ya what…why don’t they get their yankee friends to help them out! We probably wouldn’t do it right by helping them anyway…

2015 years 10 months ago

You keep forgetting to let people know that Mailbox Express at 609 Piner Rd (Monkey Junction area) is also taking donations. Please let people know. There are people who would find this location much easier to get to.
Thank you.


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