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Scammer collecting money for injured firefighter's fund

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Firefighters in Lancaster County say someone is using an injured firefighter's fund to scam people.

In February, Lt. Andre Kelley suffered burns over 40 percent of his body, and his fellow firefighters set up a fund for him.

But now they've received a report that someone is calling around asking for money and credit card information for a charity dinner and dance in Lt. Kelley's honor.

Firefighters say they are not having an event like that and would never ask for credit card information.

The scam has Lt. Kelley's family upset.

"A sad state of our world right now, that somebody would use such a heroic effort for their own financial gain. It's just overwhelming and unbelievable," said Dennis Perry, Lt. Kelley's uncle and fellow firefighter.

If you receive a similar phone call, you should not give out any personal information and instead call police.

Lt. Kelley is still recovering at the Crozer Chester burn center in Philadelphia. A family spokesperson said medical professionals have performed at least half a dozen skin grafts.

Lt. Kelley is currently going through occupational therapy and will be at Crozer Chester for another three or four weeks. Then he will be moved to a rehab facility in Lancaster County.

It could be up to a year until Lt. Kelley can function normally. When that happens, family members say he hopes to return to his job as a firefighter.

For more information on the fundraiser for Lt. Kelly, visit https://www.facebook.com/Local319.

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