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Fundraiser underway for Erhart/York Township firefighter

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The Erhart/York Township Fire Department is mourning the loss of one its own after motorcycle crash Tuesday evening in Cleveland.

According to the Cuyahoga County medical examiner, Richard Folkman, 26, was found dead near the State Road overpass on Interstate 480.

A GoFundMe account has been created for the family and to cover the cost of the funeral.

In it, Folkman is described as a “a loving son, friend and brother.”

Folkman had been a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the fire department for the last six years.

“He was a great guy, very passionate about his job,” fire Chief Ken Barrett said.

“I wish I had a lot more like him. It was a tragic loss to the department.”

A Wednesday post on the department’s Facebook page garnered dozens of offers of support.

A memorial cruise is in the works to honor Folkman. There is a closed group on Facebook for the cruise.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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