A Woodstock firefighter is putting his hobby to work raising money for medical treatment of a brother in uniform’s son.
Firefighter David Sargenski, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, is raffling off a handcrafted wooden American flag to raise money for 4-year-old Ezra King, who is the son of Woodstock police officer Travis King, and is battling a brain tumor that was diagnosed before he turned 2 years old. With the help of fellow firefighter Justin Wood and Woodstock Marketing and Community Manager Stacy Brown, Sargenski was able to get the raffle established, with 100 percent of the proceeds set to go to help the King family with Ezra’s treatments.
“As a father, I could not even begin to imagine what this family is going through. Working side by side with the amazing officers of the Woodstock Police Department, I consider them part of our extended family,” Sargenski said. “I wanted to help raise money for this family. I had a flag and an idea about a raffle. They took that small idea and made it something amazing. In a matter of a couple hours of talking, they had all the details and site set up. That says a lot about the people of this city.”
A flyer advertising the raffle was posted on social media accounts with the City of Woodstock earlier in the week, and since these posts began to circulate, Sargenski said there has been a great deal of interest expressed from residents wanting to buy tickets. As of Tuesday morning, he said $1,100 had been raised from the raffle.
“It’s more than just a flag being raffled off. It’s about a community coming together to raise money to give a little bit of financial relief to this deserving family. Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. It is the season of giving, the season of hope, the season to let family, friend and people who we have not yet met let them know we are thinking and praying for them. This year especially, we all hope that something good will come from this and I am just happy to be a small part of it,” Sargenski said.
After being discharged from the Army and moving to Woodstock, Sargenski said he took up making wooden flags as a hobby. In addition to the flag being raffled off, some of his hand-crafted flags have been donated to veterans organizations, including the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit and Hunting for Healing, a non-profit that takes wounded veterans and their spouses on outdoor excursions and hunting trips.
The flag will be raffled off Saturday at the end of the Car Show for Team Ezra hosted by the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at wdstk.ga/ezra.
“If one of my flags could help out, it would be the least I could do,” Sargenski said.