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Apopka car wash holds fundraiser for family of fallen firefighter Austin Duran

APOPKA, Fla. — There was a tremendous outpouring of love and support Thursday for a fallen Apopka firefighter.

WATCH: Apopka community holds vigil to remember fallen firefighter Austin Duran

Austin Duran died last week after fighting to recover from injuries he received in the line of duty.


A local car wash is working to raise money for his family to help them through such a tough time.

Photos: Apopka car wash holds fundraiser for family of fallen firefighter Austin Duran

“Today, we are having a fundraiser for the Duran family,” said Jahvon Hudson with Sweetwater Carwash. “We just want to give back to the community.”

The tragic accident that led to Duran’s death happened on June 30 when a trailer filled with sand was being moved and fell on him.

WATCH: ‘He was strong’: Firefighter Austin Duran remembered after passing from on-the-job injury

When customer Ronda Decaul heard that 10% of every dollar spent at the car wash Thursday was being donated to Duran’s family, getting her car detailed was a no-brainer.

“We all need help. That’s what it’s all about,” Decaul said.

Those who worked with Duran said being a firefighter was his dream.

WATCH: ‘Our hearts are broken’: Apopka mourns line-of-duty death of firefighter Austin Duran

In the days following his death, several fundraisers have been organized in his honor.

See more in the video above.

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