Hundreds of people filled into Stubb’s Barbeque Sunday evening to raise money for Austin firefighter Colin Camp. In June, the AFD veteran was hit by a truck while he was riding his bike off-duty. He suffered a severe brain injury and has been in a coma ever since.
Kids took to the Stubb's stage to perform and raise money for Camp.
"It's Austin youth supporting a fireman who is hurt right now and it's just this really great thing,” event organizer and firefighter Mike LaMure said. “Austin firemen are supporting youth by coming and seeing them play."
Organizers set a goal to raise $10,000 from the concert, but they met that goal before the doors even opened. AFD Battalion Chief Palmer Buck says it’s a testament to the community.
"We've been getting inquiries from all over Austin, 'How's firefighter Camp doing?' 'Is there anything we can do?'” Camp said. “We're humbled by all the support."
When the doors did open, 700 people were ready to show Colin Camp he is not alone.
"Two-and-a-half months later, we haven't forgotten. He is still in our thoughts and prayers every day,” Buck said. “We want him to get better and we want the family to know that we are behind them and we are never going to let them go wanting for anything."
People at the event say supporting Camp's recovery goes beyond a brotherhood of coworkers, it's also about a city coming together.
"This is my first experience with the fire department in this way and it has been overwhelmingly supportive--it's a family," event organizer Melissa LaMure said.
Visit ColinCamp.org for donation information.