A 2005 graduate of Gig Harbor High School has set up the “Steven Slater Legal Defense Fund” for a famous JetBlue flight attendant.
Gary Baumgardner, 23, who works as an airline pilot on the East Coast, said Thursday that the fund had surpassed $3,000 since he started the account Tuesday morning. He said all the money raised will go to Slater. After a confrontation with a passenger, Slater is accused of cursing out the passenger on the plane’s public-address system, grabbing some beer from the galley and exiting on an inflatable emergency slide, according to The Associated Press.
“We really just kind of felt for him,” Baumgardner said by phone Thursday night. “We don’t condone how he quit, but we’re there to support him and we understand his frustration, why somebody would react like that. That’s why we set it up for him. We’re all crew members, we’re all a family, and we help each other.”
Baumgardner was on “The Willis Report” on Fox Business News to talk about the defense fund. He will be on the program again at 2 this afternoon to debate a critic.
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Baumgardner said he hasn’t done anything quite like this before.
“I like to do volunteer work, but this is just kind of helping out one of our own,” Baumgardner said.