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Community members help family of fallen firefighter

(MURRELLS INLET, SC) - A benefit at Murrells Inlet biker hangout SBB is being held Sunday for the family of the local firefighter who died during Bike Week earlier this year.  Michael Kunde suffered a severe head injury after wrecking his motorcycle in the rain.  He was put on a ventilator and into a medically induced coma for 13 days until he passed away.  Kunde was a paramedic firefighter the Georgetown County Fire Department and the Horry County Fire Rescue before that, a US Marine Corps veteran, husband, and friend.  

Dozens of local businesses have made donations for raffles, food, live music, and lots and lots of bikes.  In addition to golf trips, a custom firearms, guitars, and more, the biggest prize is fire engine red custom motorcycle made of actual fire engine parts.  All proceeds from the raffles will go to to Michael Kunde's wife, Amy, to pay off medical expenses.  

While Kunde was in the hospital, a group of firemen that worked with Kunde realized Mike and his wife would lose their house and most of their income to medical bills so they formed Team Kunde.  By reaching out to the community, they rushed to make shirts and flyers before bike week ended. They sold all their shirts and surpassed all their goals on Go Fund Me, however not all the expenses have been covered.

General Manager of SBB, Bill Barber says, “They were the perfect couple.  They were identical, best friends.  She’s struggling that way, but hopefully we can raise some money today to help her get back on her feet.”  

Mike kunde was the only death during this year's Spring Harley Rally.  Information on Team Kunte can be found on their Facebook page.

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