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Benefit for Ray Penland to be held Saturday

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A benefit dinner and dance for firefighter and longtime Hotchkiss resident Ray Penland will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Hotchkiss Fire District headquarters, 193 Hotchkiss Avenue.

Penland, a family man and the longtime assistant fire chief in charge of the Redlands Mesa Substation, was injured in a fall last spring while farming and is currently unable to perform his duties. "It was a life-changing event," said John Sell with the HFD.

The event runs from 7-9 p.m. A dinner of pork, spaghetti, dessert and beverages will be served from 5-7 p.m., followed by dancing and live music by North Fork Country from 7-9 p.m.

Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to help Penland cover costs associated with his recovery. Everyone is welcome. Reservations, which can be made at the "Ray Penland Benefit Dinner and Live Country Music" Facebook page, are appreciated. Or you can just show up.

Penland has responded to all types of calls in his more than 25 years on the department, said Sell. "Ray is the kind of guy who would do anything for anybody. This is our way of saying thanks for everything he's done for us over the years."

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