Capt. Marcus Brandt of the Fairview Township Fire Department not only helps residents in his duties, but he also helps his fellow firefighters.

Brandt coordinates the department's annual training, and he's in charge of the junior firefighters — one of whom is his daughter.

"He does a good job with the junior firefighters; he always takes care to make sure they're ready," said Fairview Township Fire Chief Chris Weidenhammer. "He wears a couple different hats in the department."

Now the department is looking to return the favor.

The Fairview Township Fire Department and the Paxtang Fire Department in Dauphin County will hold a barbecue fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday for Brandt and his family.

Their house sustained substantial damage in a July 31 fire.

The event will take place at the Fairview Township Fire Station No. 1 at 340 Lewisberry Road in New Cumberland.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12, according to a flier on the Fairview department's website.

The menu includes barbecued pork and chicken, baked potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, soda, water and beer.

Fundraising goal: "The initial goal was $5,000, but I think we're going to surpass that," Weidenhammer said.

He said around 250 people already have said they would attend.

Brandt's family's home sustained as much as $200,000 worth of damage, said Newberry Township Fire Chief Gary Hatterer Jr. on the day of the fire.


The afternoon fire appeared to have started in a dryer vent, he said.

The family is in a hotel right now, and their insurance company is working on getting some longer-term temporary housing, Weidenhammer said.

He said it doesn't look as though they'll be able to move back into their house until after Christmas.

The department asks anyone planning to come RSVP by calling 774-3080 or emailing

The department isn't selling tickets in advance but would like to know how many people are planning to attend.

— Reach Sean Philip Cotter at