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Restaurant owners, employees donate to firefighters

Domino’s Pizza owners and employees present a $4,534.84 donation Thursday afternoon at the main Roswell fire station on South Richardson Avenue for the two firefighters injured in an explosion earlier this month. The owners of the two Roswell Domino’s are Brian and Michelle Bailey, shown to the right of the check, while Fire Chief Devin Graham is on the left. In addition to firefighters, Roswell Chamber of Commerce Redcoats and Domino’s Pizza employees, city and community officials at the donation presentation include, from left, City Manager Joe Neeb, Deputy City Manager Mike Mathews, Mayor Dennis Kintigh, Pioneer Bank Executive Vice President Aaron Emmert, Pioneer Bank Executive Vice President Nicole Austin and, at far right, Roswell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Candace Purcella. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Roswell businesses and individuals have donated more than $57,000 to the Roswell Fire Strong fund at Pioneer Bank managed by the city on behalf of two injured firefighters.

The owners of the local Domino’s Pizza restaurants, Brian and Michelle Bailey, and their employees contributed $4,534.84 of that amount on Thursday afternoon, presenting a check to Fire Chief Devin Graham and city officials during a ceremony at the main fire station on South Richardson Avenue. The Baileys head several companies, including BAM and Team Bailey, that own dozens of Domino’s locations in New Mexico and Colorado.

The money for the firefighters came by donating all profits from one day of business at the Roswell restaurants to the firefighters and their families. Jeff Stroble and Robert Hobby Bonham remain hospitalized in Lubbock following the June 5 incident near the Roswell International Air Center that occurred as they and 10 other fire personnel were working with fireworks for the Fourth of July show. The other 10 sustained minor injuries.

“This is actually the biggest fundraiser we’ve ever done in our company and it couldn’t be for a better cause,” said Brian Bailey. “They worked real hard to make this happen, and thank you to all the employees who made this happen. Michelle and I, we keep you firefighters and all the first responders in all our prayers all the week. Thank you for all you do.”

Graham expressed his thanks to all in the community who have helped the firemen, including Domino’s owners and staff.

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“Words cannot express our gratitude for what you guys did,” said Graham. “I speak for all of us when I say, we truly, truly appreciate it.”

City Manager Job Neeb said that the city is in discussion with the families about how money raised will be used to meet needs.

Another fundraiser, the Hellfire Ride, is scheduled for this Saturday. Bike riders will gather at Fire Station 1, 200 S. Richardson Ave., at 11 a.m., with the ride to the Alien Motor Speedway, 1003 S. Atkinson Ave., starting at noon. Raffles, auctions, prizes and food will be available at the speedway, with all proceeds going to the firemen.