Photos: DC Firefighter Community Comes Together for One of Their Own

WASHINGTON — First responders and others gathered Wednesday at Tune Inn on Capitol Hill for a fundraiser to help the family of firefighter Dane Smothers Jr., who was critically injured Aug. 3 during a blaze in Northeast.

Smothers, who was hit by a fire department ladder truck, remains hospitalized at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Here are some scenes from Wednesday’s event.

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“These people are here every day protecting the citizens of this city,” said Former D.C. Fire Chief Donald Edwards (left). He’s shown here hugging Robert Alvarado, president of the Scorched Souls Motorcycle Club, which is made up of D.C. firefighters. They were among the first responders and others gathered at Tune Inn on Capitol Hill Wednesday for a fundraiser to help the family of Firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. Smothers was critically injured Aug. 3 preparing to battle a blaze in Northeast. (WTOP\/Kristi King)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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“It’s tremendously overwhelming to see the amount of support we’ve received,” said Robert Alvarado, president of the Scorched Souls motorcycle club. “It just shows that people genuinely care.” The club sponsored Wednesday’s fundraiser benefiting the family of firefighter Dane Smothers Jr., who remains hospitalized at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Smothers was critically injured Aug. 3 at a fire in Northeast. (WTOP\/Kristi King)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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“This is like the second family,” former D.C. fire chief Donald Edwards said at Wednesday\u2019s fundraiser for Dane Smothers Jr. This pendant belongs to 21-year D.C. Fire Department veteran Adrian “Stokey” Stokes, who rode his motorcycle to the fundraiser at Tune Inn. “The motorcycle community always supports charities. We always give back,” Stokes said. “But this time, it’s special for us, because this time, it\u2019s one of our own.” (WTOP\/Kristi King)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"

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Wednesday’s fundraiser at Tune Inn on Capitol Hill raised money for the family of critically injured D.C. firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. “People have been so generous,” said Robert Alvarado, president of the Scorched Souls motorcycle club. “To respect the family\u2019s privacy, we won’t give an exact amount. But it is a significant amount and hopefully goes a long way toward helping out with any unanticipated things that come up.” Smothers was hit by a Fire Department ladder truck while preparing to fight a fire in Northeast on Aug. 3. (WTOP\/Kristi King)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"

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