(WBIR) Knoxville Firefighters spent Saturday afternoon helping support a member of their family.
KFD held a barbecue fundraiser outside their downtown headquarters in hopes of raising money to help pay medical expenses for the family of Captain Frank Mallory.
Mallory's 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, has autism and has been undergoing monthly blood plasma treatments in New Jersey and Florida.
Brooke's mother, Tara, said the treatments end up being around $4,000 each month...costs which insurance doesn't cover.
Saturday's event also gave the community a chance to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month, which takes place every April.
"It's a great opportunity for people to also ask questions about autism, gain some understanding about autism, and just some compassion for the kids that have special needs," Tara Mallory said.