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Donations solicited for fire fighters' families

Nov 16, 2010 5:59:00 PM - thestate.com
The Columbia Fire Fighters Foundation announced Tuesday that will will be accepting donations for the Zobel family and that of Fire Fighter Larry Irvin who was critically injured and "faces a long rehabilitation."

Chance Zobel, a three year veteran of the Columbia-Richland Fire Department, died after being hit by a car on Saturday while he was battling a brush fire in the median of I-20 near the Camden Road exit. Larry Irvin remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Funeral services for Zobel will be held Wednesday at 1pm at the Shandon Baptist Church, on Forest Drive. Internment will be at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Irmo, Columbia Fire Chief.

The accident has sparked an uproar about illegal immigrants in the state. The car that hit Zobel and a co-worker was allegedly hit by another car driven by a Sumter resident driving with a Mexican driver’s license.

Neida Ortega, 34, was taken into custody this morning by federal immigration officials. She was being held at the Alvin Glenn Detention Center pending her transfer to Charlotte for deportation proceedings.