Sewickley Valley comes to fire victim's aid
A Sewickley resident who lost his home in a fire last month has found a new place to live.
When lightning struck the Sewickley United Methodist Church tower and traveled to the Howard Hanna building at 401 Broad St. on June 13, Elmer Bohr and two other people who lived in units above the real estate office were displaced. The two others moved in with relatives.
Bohr is known around Sewickley for dressing as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the borough's Light Up Night; Scooby-Doo at Sewickley Unleashed; and Spider-Man in the town's Halloween parade.
An outpouring of support from the Sewickley Valley community followed the fire, said Tiffany Drey, a friend and co-worker of Bohr's at Yankello's Video & Audio on Beaver Street.
Drey began organizing fundraisers and finding ways to help Bohr, who is in his 60s, find a new place to live.
She declined to say how much was raised, but said money donated is enough to allow Bohr to pay rent and living expenses for at least the next year or two.
After temporarily living with a family Bohr knew from St. James Catholic Church, he moved into his own apartment near Beaver and Little streets, Drey said.
Support has slowed since Drey began organizing fundraising efforts but, she said, money still is trickling in.
A company in Moon is planning a fundraiser soon, she said.
The Rev. Tom Burke, pastor of St. James, said the church's St. James St. Vincent de Paul Society plans to help Bohr, too.
“People have been wonderful,” said Drey, adding that many donors wished to remain anonymous.
Mike and Frank Yankello — brothers who run Yankello's Video & Audio — have taken care of Bohr for the last 30 years, Drey said.
“This was a nice surprise for them that the community came out and helped,” Drey said. “His needs were always taken care of, but now it's brought attention.”
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Herald staffers share reasons for giving thanks
- Sewickley mom, dad thankful for ‘incredible’ support since son’s death
- Stream alters theater blueprint in Sewickley
- Yuletide in Sewickley set to kick off with Small Business Saturday, Light Up Night
- Photos: Quaker Valley performs version of ‘Peter Pan’ show
- Quaker Valley hires middle school chief for $108,500
- Quaker Valley official says test scores only fraction of story
- Construction-loving Sewickley kid gets in with crew, pens book with mom
- Fox Chapel woman to showcase creations at annual Sewickley ‘Holiday mART’