Fundraiser for Bristol Firefighter Killed in Hit-and-Run Seeks to Raise Reward Money and Funds for Headstone
The hit and run killing of a Bristol Borough volunteer firefighter last month is bringing the community together to raise funds for a reward to find the culprit and pay for a headstone.
Danny Santiago was struck and killed in the early morning hours riding his bike, as he did everywhere, on Tuesday June 29.
The driver of the striking vehicle has yet to be identified, and police have declined to comment on any aspect of their investigation as no arrests have been made.
Ismael Hermie Rivera of Bristol, wants to help move the investigation along and thinks offering a reward for information leading to an arrest is the move to make, by organizing a fundraiser for reward money and to purchase a proper headstone for a man who was a “dedicated fire fighter” with Goodwill Hose Company Station 52 as a lifetime member.
The hot dog fundraiser will take place this Sunday at the Elks Lodge #970 on Wood Street and organized by “Hermie” Rivera beginning at 1 pm.
“We lost a dear family friend who devoted his life as a volunteer fire fighter for years. His life was taken away suddenly in a hit and run while riding his bike from work…we (sic) are asking with generous hearts to donate hot dogs, buns to match the amount along wit ketchup mustard , relish , and cases of water” Rivera said.
As a firefighter, Danny spent hours helping others on the same road he was tragically struck, a spokesperson from Goodwill Hose Company said.
“W need to help his family get some justice and closure, Rivera said “Hopefully this fundraiser is a step in that direction”
Donation collections will take place Wednesday and Thursday and Friday at the Elks from 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
If you can’t attend Sunday, but want to make a cash donation to the effort, the Santiago family created a Go Fund Me page which to date has had 125 donors contributing a total of $7450.00