AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) – The Aurora Fire Department is constantly responding to emergencies, but when tragedy struck one of their own they gathered to help.
Donald Adams and his family lost everything in a fire.
“We saved really hard and worked hard to get our first home and get it up in a freak accident like this. It was definitely hard to stand there and watch it happen,” said Adams.
Now the church is working to get back what was destroyed.
“Personally, I can’t imagine how devastating that would be, but we just wanted to do what we could,” said Aurora Fire and Rescue EMT Sara Newton.
Last month the family had some electricity problems during the cold snap. Adams intended to call after that morning, but what he knew next was that his house was going up in smoke.
“The air moving unit up in the attic, the wiring up there was shorted out because of the cold, and for all we could tell, the house actually burned all night,” said Adams.
Firefighters tried to save what they could.
“They were trying to get photos and things off the walls for us and save what they could because it kept twinkling,” said Adams. “They think they have it gone and something else is about to begin.”
When Adam’s colleagues saw what had happened to them, their hearts broke.
“We hate to see it happen to anyone, but you know if it’s one of your own it really touches a point in your heart that we work with every day and we just want to do what we can to help to help them out, ”Newton said.
The fire department held a hamburger feed on Sunday to raise money for the family. They sold brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, and soda.
It’s been going very well so far, the rain has almost subsided, ”Newton said. “It’s a bit cold but I think we’re getting a good turnout.”
This is just one of the many ways people have tried to help families.
“I was already working on the recovery that afternoon after the fire and people would stop me and ask where donations could go and just put money into my hands,” said Adams.
The family was overwhelmed with all the support.
“It’s a great benefit of living in such a small and close community that everyone has just gone way beyond that and come together for me and my family,” said Adams.
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