Firefighters holding stuffed animal drive in memory of beloved South Hill man
SPOKANE, Wash. — The South Hill community continues to celebrate the life of Andrew Vathis, the beloved Albertson’s employee who was a friend to many.
Vathis was killed when he was hit by a car on the South Hill in January.
He had always wanted to be a firefighter and became an honorary member of Spokane fire station 81 when firefighters gave him his very own uniform.
Andrew’s mom dropped his uniform shirt given to him by @SCFD8 firefighters at Sta 81. Andrew always wanted one & when the firefighters gave him. a shirt, he was so very excited We will be in attendance at Andrew’s service on 2/2
Rest Easy, Andrew pic.twitter.com/uIl00SB7KV
— Spokane FD8 Firefighters (@IAFFL3711) January 31, 2019
In the wake of his death, firefighters have found many ways to honor Vathis’ life. They will continue to do so this weekend when they collect stuffed animals at the South Hill Starbucks.
Firefighters say Andrew was “a staple of the South Hill and he loved Starbucks staff, and teddy bears.” They tell us Andrew would bring stuffed animals to the station so firefighters could give them out to kids they meet on calls for service.
Tomorrow, Feb. 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., firefighters will be collecting stuffed animal donations in Andrew’s memory. They say they will be used to help small children and “comfort them in trying times.”
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