Community Bands Together to Help Fire Victims

WEST DECATUR – At the board of supervisors meeting Monday, Boggs Township Supervisors expressed their appreciation for the way the community came together to assist the Corcelle family during the fire that consumed their home.

At about 5 a.m. Feb. 28, the Corcelles had to vacate the old Blue Ball school building where they had spent more than two years making a comfortable home. Heather and John and their three children, Trista, Aaron, and Brandan, took their family pet, a Golden Retriever, and went to the Boggs Township building feeling pretty hopeless.

The supervisors went to McDonald’s in Philipsburg to get some breakfast for the family. When management there heard of the problem, McDonald’s donated breakfast for the Corcelles. The Red Cross put the family up at the Harbor Inn for nine days until they were able to rent a home from a childhood friend.

Oak Grove Church provided a dinner for the family, Amy Myers donated clothing and money, the Rev. Randy and Traci Hughes of Calvary United Methodist Church provided clothing, Kelly Descavich provided clothing and pizza coupons donated by Highway Pizza owner Jerry Lese and CVS Pharmacy provided for the family’s medicinal needs. Dick Shirey assisted the community by directing traffic during the night of the fire.

The Red Cross offered further assistance in the form of money to purchase bedding and, Heather Corcelle has been able to obtain beds for the children out of these funds. John and Heather are still sleeping on the floor, however.

Heather Corcelle said she will never forget that awful day of loss to her family. The children still ask when they are “going home” and even the family pet seems a little at a loss to understand the situation. But, Heather Corcelle said she is grateful that the community worked together to help her family through this rough time.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Corcelle family may contact them at 329-0269.

Heather Corcelle told GantDaliy that she would really appreciate gift cards for furniture and other household items, saying that people never realize how hard it is to replace all of the items we use and take for granted every day.

Heather Corcelle said her saddest thought is of the cash she and John were saving to take the kids on vacation this summer. It burned up with the house.

She said they have too many purchases for everyday items to even think about the vacation they are going to miss.

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