Onalaska Fire Department raises funds for volunteer firefighters’ fight against disease

ONALASKA, Wis (WKBT) – The Onalaska Fire Department is sponsoring a fundraiser to help a longtime volunteer with the department cope with an illness.

The department has launched a GoFundMe effort for Karl Goldbeck, a volunteer firefighter for nearly 20 years who has Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Burrachos District Manager Goldbeck is a rare condition that causes a person’s immune system to attack vital nerve cells throughout the body.

Goldbeck and his wife, Pam, are battling his condition, but they’ve been told it’s one of the most expensive conditions to treat from start to finish.

“Team members decided they wanted to do some fundraising to help pay for medical bills and things of that nature, Onalaska Fire Chief Troy Gudie said. “So as he’s been a longtime member of this department, obviously we’re going to be here to support him.”

The response to the fundraiser’s $20,000 goal was so enthusiastic that over $24,000 had been donated by Monday night.

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