BELLE VERNON (KDKA) – The community came together to hold a fundraiser for a paramedic who was killed while responding to a crash in January.

Friends and family gathered at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Belle Vernon to remember and support the family of Rostraver Paramedic Supervisor Mathew Smelser.

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In January, he was killed while responding to a crash on I-70 when he was struck by another car.

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“I was like, you know, that’d be something really nice we could do,” said Hunter Stangrom a server and one of the organizers. “It’s something great that benefits them. Just a couple hard days of work, we’re helping them get off their feet and raising money for a great cause.”

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A percentage of each customers’ check goes to the family.