Benefit for Stockton firefighter Sunday

Submitted Photo. The Stockton Volunteer Fire Department will hold a benefit for Assistant Chief Jeremy Catanese (back) and his family (front: Hope, Garret and Betsy) on Sunday.

STOCKTON — After beloved Stockton volunteer firefighter Jeremy Catanese was diagnosed with multiple myeloma about eight months ago, the community knew it had to pull together to help him and his family.

That’s why on Sunday, the Stockton Fire Department will hold a benefit to support Catanese and his family.

At the time of his diagnosis, Catanese was the assistant fire chief of the Stockton Fire Department when he was experiencing months of severe pain and multiple doctor visits and tests.

The benefit will help raise money for his family, due to the fact that his wife, Betty, is going to have to take some time off from work to take care of Catanese after a stem cell transplant.

Catanese has two kids, Garrett and Hope, who attend Cassadaga Valley High School. He worked for the town of Stockton Highway Department for 13 years and has been an active member of the fire department since 1995, holding several positions and working his way up to assistant fire chief. He has helped with 4-H and community Little League, and enjoys hunting and helping friends and family. His wife is also the Chautauqua County pistol permit clerk and volunteers with the fire department as EMS captain.

Their dedication to the squad and their community is what inspired the town to come together to raise money for the family’s needs.

Catanese has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy, and the stem cell transplant comes with the hope that it will ensure his remission.

Registration for a bike run begins at 9:30 Sunday morning, with kickstands up at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 per rider, which includes a dinner afterward. The run is 100 miles, hitting three different establishments: Tom’s Tavern, The Pad and The Spoon Saloon.

A sliced/pulled pork dinner will be served from 2 p.m. until sold out ($8 per child, $10 per adult). There will also be 50/50 raffles, a Chinese auction, a live auction and a gun raffle. All events begin and take place at the Stockton Fire Hall, 28 Route 380, Stockton.