Fundraiser set for Vietnam Marine veteran displaced by fire

Firefighters from Cheektowaga, Lancaster, and West Seneca assist Doyle Hose at a house fire on Cayuga Creek Road. (Contributed)
Firefighters from Cheektowaga, Lancaster, and West Seneca assist Doyle Hose at a house fire on Cayuga Creek Road. (Contributed)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A benefit will be held in November to support a Vietnam combat veteran displaced by an apartment fire earlier this month.

Ed Taton lost everything in a fast-moving fire that destroyed his Cayuga Creek Road apartment on October 4th.

Cheektowaga Chronicle reported earlier this month on the fire and the fact that community members had established a Facebook donation page.

Over $5,000 was raised in the last month, and now family members are hosting a benefit in Lancaster next month to assist the disabled veteran further.

Family members say Mr. Taton rented the house and did not have renter’s insurance according to a flyer posted to Facebook.  They hope the community can come together to “help alleviate some of the stress and financial strain” the fire caused.

“Ed served our nation as a Marine in Vietnam starting Easter Sunday in 1965 and was there for 13 months.  During that service, Ed was exposed to Agent Orange, and is now disabled,” the flyer reads.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held on November 25th from 12 pm – 5 pm at the Lancaster Depew Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster.

You can contact Kim at 716-292-8564 or Tammie 716-601-9552 for ticket information.

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