Hundreds of people came out to support a rural southwest firefighter who was injured in a car accident and left paralyzed.
All funds from a chili feed held Sunday evening will be given to Alex McKiernan and his family.
Organizers expected over a thousand people to attend the benefit. Southwest Fire and Rescue Chief Phil Nalley says he's proud of his department and the community for their support.
"I think it means a lot. We back up our friends and our families," Nalley said.
"It's amazing how much we can all do when we work together and as volunteer firefighters we know that all the time. This is just another example of people helping each other out and that's how we get through life," McKiernan said.
McKiernan was driving from his farm to Lincoln when the accident happened on Jan. 7. He has since been in rehab at Madonna working to walk again.
McKiernan says his doctors are excited about his progress, but with a spinal cord injury you never know what the outcome will be.