Now, city officials and residents are looking to get the word out about this tragedy, hoping some people may be able to help Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch.
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Some Mill Valley residents and employees set up a fundraiser to to raise money to help Welch, and his family. At least $16,000 were raised in just a couple of hours after the fundraiser was created.
Click here if you'd like to make a donation to help him during this difficult time.
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