money for Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors.
The nonprofit group was created in 1996 by area firefighters to help
colleagues who were badly burned by Malibu wildfires. Since then, it has
grown to help other burn survivors and their families both financially
"One-hundred percent of what we get, every last penny, goes to burn
survivors," said Glendale Fire Capt. Thomas Marchant, one of the
organizers of the weeklong rally.
The caravan, called Quest Rally, is the group's biggest fund-raiser,
with 65 fire and law enforcement officials traveling the state
relay-style. Volunteers pass dignitaries like former weatherman Dr.
George Fishbeck instead of batons and make designated stops to pick up
Led by Glendale fire engines, the group arrived at the Glendale Police
Department to accept $1,000 from the officers foundation and posed for
pictures with City Council members and police officials. They then
collected more than $4,000 from various groups at Station 21.
By the end of the day, they were approaching the $30,000 mark, with
three days still to come. Last year, the rally raised $40,000, Marchant
Traveling with Quest was Chad Dillon, who received burns to more than
half of his body in a November airplane crash. The 27-year-old Dillon,
who grew up in Chatsworth, returned home from Washington, D.C., for
treatment at the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks. The center is one
of Quest's beneficiaries.
In a survivors support group, he met Bill Jensen, a Glendale
firefighter who was burned in the Malibu fires.
"I went (on the rally) all four years," Jensen said. "My heart needed
The rally started Monday in Santa Maria and traveled south through
Santa Barbara before picking up Tuesday in Pasadena. The group will
journey into San Bernardino County before ending Friday in Orange County.
For information, or to make a donation, call 548-3311 or visit