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August 19, 2006

Americus -- A 36 year old Americus firefighter is suffering from brain cancer. He's been told he only has months to live. The city of Americus is coming together to show their support - both personally and financially. 

Scott Law is no stranger in Sumter County. The 11 year firefighter is the sole reason hundreds of people gathered at the fairgrounds - fighting themselves for a breakthrough.

They're t-shirts describe their reason for being here.

"He's our heart. The family's heart and he's going through a real bad time," says Scott's aunt Bonnie Barfield.

It's been a tough time not just for the family, but for those who know him. People spent the day in support - donating their money for some food, fun, and entertainment. The money raised here will go directly to Scott and his family.

The water dunking contest was one of the most popular events. City administrator Charlotte Cotton found herself immersed in water when this little guy got stepped up to the plate.

"You can see the family and kids are out here. Everyone is having a good time. They're even riding the snorkel truck. I might get up but I don't like to get more than 5 feet, I'm afraid of heights," says City Councilman Steve Jones.

It was a fun way to tackle a serious issue. One this hometown hero knows all too well.

"He reminds you of a tall big teddy bear, he's just a sweetheart. Everybody that knows him loves him...the support is awesome. I never thought it would be like this. Living in a small town, the whole town has gotten behind this," Barfield says.

People who came out participated in a silent auction and a raffle to win a trip to the Bahamas. The event will continue tonight with a live concert featuring two bands, Mile Marker 5 and Deep Water. The concert starts at 7 right there at the Sumter County fairgrounds.

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