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Local Bar Hosts Fundraiser For Recovering Sweetwater Firefighter

Friends and family gathered at a local north Abilene bar to raise money for Nick Barton.
Friends and family gathered at a local north Abilene bar to raise money for Nick Barton.

Nick Barton is the Sweetwater firefighter and paramedic who was critically injured in August after his motorcycle was rammed by a pick-up truck while on his way home.

The Station has been for open two months, but already, the owners are interested in making a difference for the Barton's. Co-owner Robert Ascencio worked with Barton for a month, three and a half years ago. He was a Sweetwater firefighter when Barton first started. Ascencio says he felt this was the least he can do and knew that any contribution would make a difference.

The owners gathered up donated items such as signed guitars and neon signs for the auction from friends and business owners. In addition, they had a gun raffle.

The event was held from early Saturday afternoon to 10:30 p.m. All the money raised will help with Barton's medical bills.

Barton's wife Chelsea was there with her family selling T-shirts saying "Nick Strong" in the back and "Nick Barton Benefit" in the front. She says that Nick is still in Lubbock for therapy.

She admits it's a long journey but believes it might take three to six months for him to fully recover.
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