Huntersville firefighters seek donations to help 3-year-old burn victim

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJune 17, 2014 

  • How to help

    There are three ways in which the public can help pay the medical costs for Griffin Luthart, according to Huntersville public safety officials:

    • Contribute to the Griffin Luthart Recovery Fund through Wells Fargo. For details, check

    • Texting “COPS GRIFFIN” to 85944 will provide a $10 donation to the recovery fund, through your cellphone bill. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent of donated funds will go to the family, organizers of the effort say.

    • Donate to the N.C. Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund, which is assisting the Luthart family. That can be done by dropping off aluminum cans at trailers at each of the three Huntersville fire stations. All proceeds from the cans will go to the fund.

Police and fire personnel in Huntersville are asking the public to help pay the medical bills of a 3-year-old boy who suffered serious burns last week.

The child, Griffin Luthart, is the son of Huntersville police Sgt. Brian Luthart.

Bill Suthard, a spokesman for the Huntersville Fire Department, said Griffin was injured Saturday evening when a lantern exploded during a family outing. He was burned on his right arm and right leg and was airlifted to N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

The boy has undergone extensive surgery, Suthard said.

Huntersville police got temporary housing for family members in Chapel Hill until longer-term housing was established at the Ronald McDonald House.

Suthard said police and fire organizations have paid some of the costs, “but we cannot do it alone.”

“The treatment and temporary housing is going to be expensive,” Suthard said.

Updates on Griffin’s condition are being provided on the Huntersville Fire Department Facebook page.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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