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Subway fundraiser packs them in to help family of Marco Kauffman

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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Deputies in Rowan County say the last of four men wanted in connection with the shooting of a volunteer firefighter has now been charged.  On Thursday night Tramel Hart turned himself in and was charged as an accessory in the robbery and shooting of Marco Kauffman.  

And while Kauffman continues to recover in a Charlotte hospital, the community came together on Friday to help his family, and they did it one foot long at a time. 

In the words of Subway owner Kevin Jones, "We've been slammed, all day long."  For Friday, Jones is donating 20% of the proceeds to the Kauffman family.

Pounds of pastrami, hunks of ham, tons of toast, all going out the door or to the table, and all to help a family touched by tragedy.

"It's very important we show our support for the community and take care of the family," one diner told WBTV."

Sandwiched between hunger and good intentions, the turnout was great.

"The community has really been very positive about supporting on these fund drives," said Cleveland Fire Chief Kenny Payne.

Another fund drive is set for next month at the Scotch Irish Fire Department where Marco serves, but on Friday there was a real display of that spirit of brotherhood.  

Aaron Fowler, a firefighter himself, came from Mocksville.

"We came to support the cause for Marco, to pray for Marco." Fowler told WBTV. 

And this was a community effort.  The big Freightliner plant across Highway 70 from Subway was responsible for several really big orders.  Workers were carrying box after box of sandwiches from the Subway.

Folks in the restaurant were glad to hear that all four men wanted for the crime are now in jail, and Marco is improving.  His recovery will take time, and a lot of money, and that's why so many have turned out.

Our main focus is to help them with funds, help them go down there and not worry about these costs while he's being rehabilitated in the hospital, that's what we're hoping." Payne added.

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