A family's 'thank you'

| Friday, July 12, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

A family's ‘thank you'

Because of a devastating house fire, we lost our home, most of our possessions and our beloved dog, Rufus. The horror of the fire and the unbelievable outpouring of support and generosity from our community, family, friends and strangers have been overwhelming. We would like to say “thank you.” These two simple words do not even begin to express the gratitude we feel.

Thank you to the volunteer firefighters from Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department and New Haven Hose Fire Department, who battled courageously and risked life and limb to try to save our home. Thank you to the men who escorted us through our home to assure our safety when retrieving some belongings that we could salvage that horrible evening.

Thank you to friends and neighbors for giving us water, jackets, shoes and socks. Thank you to friends who came to secure our home the next day and to our friends who were with us every day to lend a helping hand, even if it was for moral support.

Thank you to our family who fed us while we sifted through the charred house and belongings.

Thank you to those who collected and made donations, whether it was care packages, money, clothing, food, appliances, personal items and bedding. Thank you to our co-workers and former co-workers who were gathering donations the next day. Thank you to the organizations that we belong to that gave us donations and organized fundraisers. We will never be able to repay the generosity and selflessness that everybody has shown to us.

John & Susan Cole & family

Connellsville Township

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