The Knoxville Fire/Rescue Department will host a benefit breakfast for the family of Chase Larson on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 7-11 a.m., at the station.
On the menu will be pancakes, eggs, sausage and a beverage – all for a free will donation. Proceeds will go to the Larson family to help cover the unexpected expenses due to Chase’s death.
“The fire service is unique,” Fire Chief Jim Mitchell said. “Family extends from the firefighter, to the firefighter’s immediate family. Chase was a brother, and now we feel his immediate family is part of ours as well.”
Chase was a proud member of the department before his death on Aug. 4. The breakfast, and everything the department has done to help his family and celebrate his life, are not intended to glorify Chase’s decision to end his own life. All of it has been to honor his dedication to the department and the Knoxville community.
“We’re doing this not to honor how Chase died, but to honor how Chase lived,” Mitchell said. “Our effort is to provide some relief to the family, help with the financial burden that comes with a death that comes too soon.”
If any, additional proceeds will be donated to Your Life Matters, Marion County’s suicide prevention coalition.
“(Chase) gave to his community and that’s what we’re honoring,” Mitchell said. “It would be the goal of Knoxville Fire/Rescue to never have to respond to another suicide.”