Scam targets Lewes firefighter death

(photo via Lewes Fire Dept./Facebook)

(photo via Lewes Fire Dept./Facebook)

The Lewes Fire Dept. issued a warning about a scammer trying to collect donations for Lewes firefighter who died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise.

Tim McClanahan died Monday night after falling from the helicopter while training at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

Lewes Fire officials are asking anyone who may have been asked to donate to the McClanahan family or the Lewes Fire Department to be aware that neither the family nor the fire department are asking for donations at this time.

In a statement posted on the Lewes Fire Department’s Facebook page fire officials say, “If you are solicited or see any solicitations related to the McClanahan family or Lewes Fire Department we request (as directed by DSP) that you call 911 and notify of the solicitation.”

A viewing and funeral service for Tim McClanahan will take place this weekend in Lewes.

The first viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Parsell Funeral Home in Lewes. Another viewing will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Cape Henlopen High School, followed by a funeral. In honor of McClanahan, the cupola atop Legislative Hall in Dover will be lighted red this weekend.

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