Houston Texans defensive finish J.J. Watt donated $10,000 to assist the household of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in an explosion, a number of media shops reported on Thursday.
Watt, who’s the kid of a firefighter, was born in Waukesha (Wis.) and performed collegiately at Wisconsin.
The three-time NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months donated to a GoFundMe web page created for Solar Prairie (Wis.) Fireplace Division Capt. Cory Barr, who was killed Tuesday night.
A pure fuel leak in Solar Prairie led to an explosion that injured 15 and killed Barr on Tuesday night.
Barr leaves behind a spouse, Abby, and 3-year-old twin daughters.
Being beneficiant is nothing new for Watt, who was named the winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the 12 months Award. The award acknowledges a participant’s on-field excellence and volunteer and charity work.
The 29-year-old additionally was named to TIME Journal’s annual checklist of the world’s 100 most influential individuals in April.
Watt got here to the help of town of Houston and elements of Southeast Texas within the wake of Hurricane Harvey by launching a marketing campaign by way of social media that in the end generated greater than $37 million in catastrophe aid help.
He began the aid effort with $100,000 of his personal cash on Aug. 27 whereas Houston was being hit laborious by the flooding. Watt had an preliminary objective of $200,000, assembly that concentrate on on YouCaring.com inside two hours.
Watt additionally paid the funeral bills for the 10 victims of the Santa Fe Excessive Faculty capturing in Could.