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NEW WASHINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) -- A local community is coming together to continue to honor a veteran firefighter and former chief in his time of need. Those who know former New Washington Fire Chief Daniel "Danny" Stoner say they are helping the man, who's dedicated his life to helping others.
"To me, he's Superman, and he always will be, whether he is in an I.C.U. or he's doing his firefighting thing," said Tessa Stoner.
Tessa Stoner says she's thankful her "Superman" is still alive today. On Sept. 9, she got a call from her stepmother about her father, Danny.
"She said he had collapsed at work, they didn't kow what was wrong," Tessa Stoner said.
After fighting fires and saving lives for more than 30 years, her dad, Danny Stoner, found himself needing emergency services in the beginning of September.
"Danny was assisting a broken down vehicle trying to push it off the road and in doing so he pushed and collapsed," said a long-time friend of Stoner's, David Abbott.
The father/stepfather of six suffered a heart attack and other complications after trying to help someone in need on Veterans Parkway.
"He's had a heart attack, he's had a left lung that collapsed, he's had a stroke where half of his body is paralyzed," Abbott said.
The former New Washington Fire Chief stayed in intensive care for around a month.
"They even said we would be lucky if he could blink his eyes. and swallow and that kind of thing," Tessa Stoner said.
Abbott said the struggle was ongoing after the accident.
"He spent many days in I.C.U., then rehab and back to the hospital," Abbott said.
Stoner is currently home and recovering, but he is still in need of help.
"We are trying to raise money for his medical bills," Abbott said.
"What we are asking is that the community come out and support Danny."
Abbott said they are planning a bean soup dinner and an auction from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the New Washington Fire Department. Abbott said all of the proceeds will help pay for Stoner's medical bills.
"It's a small community, New Washington is a small area that takes care of their own in need," Abbott explained.
While the hidden hero does not regret lending a hand, after all the help he's given, they say it's time they give something back to him.
"He said if he had died helping somebody, that would be the way to go," Tessa Stoner said.
"He would do anything to help anybody at whatever cost."
Abbott said the sacrifices Danny Stoner made in the past three decades with volunteering for the department have made the community realize the need to give back.
"He's really dedicated most of his life to the fire department," Abbott said.
Tessa Stoner said she believed it was a reflection
1 24 03 i think it shows a lot about him and how many people's lives he's helped and how they have come together to help him, I think it's just great.