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Fundraiser held across North Florida Monday to fund private searches for missing firefighters

Businesses and organizations are still volunteering their time to help raise funds to help the family and fund search efforts.

It's been over a week since firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker left for a fishing trip out of Port Canaveral and never returned.

Thousands of volunteers searched by land and sea for the two missing men over a period of six days, covering a search area of 105,000 square miles, twice the size of the state of Florida.

But even after the U.S. Coast Guard called off the active search, businesses and organizations are still volunteering their time to help raise funds to help their families and finance private searches for the two firefighters.

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On Saturday, The Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters posted on Facebook that there are multiple fundraisers happening across the state at Firehouse Subs locations to help fund a private search effort for the two men.

The Firehouse Subs locations in Macclenny, Lake City, Ocala, Gainesville, St. Augustine, Fernandina and Jacksonville will be donating a 10-percent portion of all sales on Monday toward the search effort.

If you'd like to attend, you can show up at any restaurant location from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Over the weekend, Willard's BBQ Junction also held a benefit to raise money for private search efforts. Owner James Willard and his staff prepared about 500 meals. They sold the chicken dinners to community members at Station 32, McCluney's first station in Jacksonville. 

The restaurant was able to raise $8,330.

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