Fundraiser held for family of Lolo-area crash victims


MISSOULA, Mont. - On Tuesday night, community members gathered to raise money for the Okon family at the Bayern Brewery in Missoula.

With the recent death of his wife following a February crash near Lolo on Highway 93, Randy Okon now will raise his surviving daughter.

Bayern Brewing says well over 200 people attended.

Friends tell us Okon is a firefighter with the Missoula Fire Department, so on Tuesday firefighters from many agencies came out to show their support.

"We had a good showing from the area fire crews -- Missoula Rural, DNRC, the Forest Service, and of course, the Missoula Fire Department," said Firefighter Forest Vogel.

Bayern Brewing will continue to pass a boot around on Wednesday, so the fundraising total won't be available until Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Missoula Federal Credit Union has also set up an Okon family fund.