Moving and shaking for a fallen firefighter (with photos)
Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dozens of people moved their feet and swung their hips, all to help a local family and fire department. The Zumbathon at the Tioga Boys and Girls Club brought in more than 100 people. Organizers Sarrah Lewis and Sarah Fahl said it was just such a tragedy when Owego Fire Capt. Matthew Porcari died fighting a fire earlier this year. They said the incident touched the entire community, and drove them to organize a way to give back to the Porcari family. Porcari died Jan. 21 when he fell through a fire-weakend floor of a burning home on Chamberlain Road. Thousands of friends, families and fire crews from across the country descended on Owego days later when the 34-year-old father of two was laid to rest. At $20 per person, Lewis and Fahl hoped to raise a few thousand dollars to be split between the Porcari Children's Memorial Fund and the Owego Fire Department. Zumba lovers from all over the Twin Tiers, as well as friends of the Porcari family, laced up their shoes and stepped to the beat. Jennifer Ferguson's husband was Porcari's best friend. Ferguson said Porcri was fun-loving and if he was at the Zumbathon, he would have been in the middle of everyone, dancing in front of everybody. Now, everyone is dancing for him.