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Friends & neighbors grow 'staches for fallen firefighter

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There was a big turnout to help support the young family of a fallen firefighter Monday night in Escondido.

The Stachetoberfest benefited Christopher Douglas' pregnant widow and two-year-old son.

Firefighters are as close a group as they come. The response was huge, and it was all for Christopher Douglas - former air force turned fireman, a loving husband, and father of one with another on the way.

"I think it's a great tribute to Chris, really selfless guy that gave himself to the community. And ultimately the ultimate price for his community and everyone here," said brother-in-law, Mike Carroll.

Chris was killed serving others. It was back in July and he was responding to an accident on Interstate 10 in Riverside County. He lost his life when a 60-year-old driver hit him.

"He was just a wonderful, wonderful guy," noted father-in-law, Ron Aitken.

Aitken also said the family is still dealing with the loss.

"It hurts that this happened to Amy and it's just something we'll have to work through," continued Aitken.

But they added it's his firefighter family, even the kindness of strangers that's helping them get through this. Monday's fundraiser had an auction, donation area, but the highlight was the Stachtoberfest Stache Off. A goofy idea to raise money for Chris's wife and kids.

"I think it's just touching to her that he had this great of an impact on this many people," added Carroll.

Chris's last alarm was July 5, 2013, but when you have a personality larger than life, you can bet this tight knit group will keep his story alive forever.

Douglas was an eight-year-veteran with Cal Fire who loved to surf in his spare time.

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