Leelanau County Comes Together for Firefighter and Growing Family

While one firefighter goes through a hard time, an entire county comes together to help out.

Nate Gooden is a firefighter and EMT for three Leelanau County fire departments.

One week ago, Nate’s wife Maggie went into preterm labor delivering Clarabelle at just 24 weeks.

The family will now be at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids until Clarabelle is ready to go home.

Now fire departments and local businesses have stepped up to raise money for them.

“It’s awesome and overwhelming too I mean the support from the community has been incredible,” said firefighter and paramedic for Leland Township Fire and Rescue Kathryn Walters. “Our department just comes together, we’re a fairly small department so we’re like a family.”

The Leland Lodge is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday and you can donate online by clicking here.