Sparta firefighters and volunteers host benefit for Barry Brady

By | August 20, 2018 6:11 am

Barry Brady, who has served as a firefighter a quarter of a century, has always lent a helping hand to those in need. Now the time has come for the community to show its support as Brady battles cancer.

Barry Brady has been a firefighter with the Sparta Fire Department for over 25 years; he is now ready to step down.

The catalyst that prompted this decision came at the heels of a cancer diagnosis. According to Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young, firefighters and volunteers decided to have a benefit for him.

“Barry Brady has been a firefighter for the City of Sparta and active in the Tennessee State Fireman’s Association,” said Young. “He was recently diagnosed with cancer and is retiring. To help with the burden of loss of health insurance, this event was created.”

According to Young, there will be barbecue, hot dogs, chips, desserts, and drinks, as well as a silent auction. He stated there would be games, and the event will be kid friendly. Young also said there are still spots open for vendors, and Calfkiller Brewing Co. will be set up in the lot next door as well.

Sparta band “Shattered” will be playing live music, noon-2:30 p.m. Their genre transcends rock, country, and blues. According to the benefit’s Facebook page, Shattered’s music “spans decades of the music we grew up with.”

The event is free, but Young said, “Bring your wallet because it is a benefit. Enjoy the music, fun, and fellowship.”

The benefit will begin at noon, Sept. 1, at Sparta Fire Department, at 715 N. Spring St. For any questions call:

  • Sondra Brady, (931) 510-7028
  • Cherri Taylor, (931) 881-6664
  • Angie Saylors, (931) 212-1067
  • Missy Selby, (931) 935-5953
  • Kirk Young, (931) 738-7380

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