December 11, 2018

Area Rallies for Injured Firefighter

Press of Atlantic City

By Regina Schaffer, At The Shore

Danny Margagliano’s life changed forever a little more than two weeks ago, when the former Upper Township resident made a fateful dive into shallow waters off the coast of Florida.

The accident that followed left Margagliano, 36, a married father of two and a firefighter, with a devastating spinal cord injury.

With Margagliano in the intensive care unit of Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., his wife, April, and young children, Ethan and Summer, can only hope that his current state of paralysis is temporary. Margagliano is currently on a ventilator, says his longtime friend, Nick Bricker of Ocean City.

In the meantime, friends, family, former Ocean City High School classmates and area firefighters in South Jersey are stepping into action to support the man who was also known as one of the area’s great surfers.

“Danny needs our help,” Bricker says. “He has great insurance being a fireman … but what people don’t realize is, he is likely going to need a new house, a new car. Insurance doesn’t cover that.”

Bricker, who has helped organize a number of area charity benefits, was quick to put together the “Throw Down for Danny,” a benefit taking place 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

All proceeds from the event will help the family with expenses, Bricker says.

Admission to the benefit is $25 and includes food and donated beverages. DJ Sparkles and the band Space Camp will provide entertainment. There will also be a Chinese auction with several large prizes donated by area businesses, Bricker says.

“I figured, this is where he was born and raised,” Bricker says. “We can come together to show that we still care about him.”

Bricker was expecting between 200 and 250 people – but he quickly had to adjust his estimate, he says.

“My goal was to sell tickets at the door and sell out, but it’s panic mode now because the response is overwhelming,” Bricker says. “Danny is a fighter. If anyone can fight this, he can.”

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