Thanks for help

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By The Staff

July 24 2007 we lost our home, most of our belongings and some sanity to a fire but didn't lose each other, which is what counts the most.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Bagdad Fire Protection District, Shelby County Fire Department, Pleasureville Fire Department and the Red Cross. Without the quick response of the fire departments, we would not have been able to salvage anything. The firefighters were able to save some of our pictures that were valuable to us.

We would like to say a special thanks to Ernie Howard who was a constant for Mike during the days following the fire, Beverly and Danny Newton who left the scene and went to Wal-Mart so that we would all have something to wear and then found us a bed to sleep on and to all the members of the fire departments who called and asked us if there was anything they could do or anything that we needed. To Angela Disch with the Red Cross who was there for the duration and made sure that we had a place to stay, replaced our glasses that were destroyed and just offered her support in general.

Thank you to all of the members of the Bagdad Fire Protection District and Ladies Auxiliary who organized the benefit in our honor and to everyone in (and outside) the community who came to show their support. We were very reluctant to accept this gesture, not because we were not appreciative but because it is so much easier to give than receive. We do want everyone to know that we appreciate the support. We were overwhelmed at the number of people that stopped by to show their support of our family without even knowing who we are.

We would like to give a very special thanks to Judy Rogers and Anna Wayne (Tracy's mother and grandmother) who have given us a place to live until we get back on our feet. We know that it isn't easy to have extra people living in your house, even if they are family. These two ladies have been a godsend for all of us and we could never express in words how much they mean to us.

When something happens to someone, whether it is a fire, storm damage, loss of a loved one, it is hard to remember to thank everyone that has had an impact on your being able to recover. We hope that everyone knows we appreciate them very much. The fire department is so much more than just an organization. They are a family who takes care of each other during times of need. We will be forever grateful to all of you.

Tracy Roberts,