Family of missing firefighter raising donations to continue searches

Boaters never returned from fishing trip

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As the sun set Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard ended its seven-day search for two firefighters lost at sea.

The family of Justin Walker said they're not ready to give up.

Rebecca Buhler, Walker's cousin, said the family is currently raising donations to help rent private planes and charter boats to continue searching.

"Just because they're pulling out doesn't mean we have to, and it doesn't mean we have to give up, as well," Buhler said.

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She said her cousin is tough and resourceful. She said she still has faith he's coming home.

Buhler said the family is still asking for volunteers to continue looking.

"We'd really appreciate it," Buhler said. "We need the help."

More information on how you can help in the search can be found on JFRD.com.

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Buhler said the outpouring of support has given them strength during this difficult time.

"That's really overwhelmed all of us and really touched our hearts," Buhler said.

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