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April 20, 2014

Family thanks community, takes issue with photo

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

As I write this, it’s been almost eight weeks since Feb. 17, the day my family’s home burned in a fire. We lost our 15-year-old cat, Misti; 7-year-old dog, Sully; 3-year-old rescue squirrel, Rocky; almost 2-year-old kitty, Mr. Jinx; and our precious 8-month-old bottle fed kitten, Tubby Toby. Our 10-year-old cat, Jakob, was out of the house so he was spared. Our hearts are broken more due to the loss of our precious family members than to the loss of possessions.

We would like to thank the Norman Fire Department and their men for the swift action they took in attempting to save our home and our animals. They were extremely efficient and we appreciate that. The Fire Marshall was very helpful, courteous and informative, assisting in helping us find someone to board up our home, talking to us about talking to the press, etc.

The Norman Police Department also deserves a thank-you for their cordoning off of the area and their attempts at calming my family as we watched our home burn in disbelief. When the next day we had to call due to attempted looting at the house and our neighbor’s backyard, where we had taken some things, they reacted very swiftly in coming to talk to us about it and then in “visiting” with the looters.

We would like to thank Comfortworks Heating and Air for their donations of the large roll away dumpsters to remove the debris of our home. Thanks to their many employees who devoted many hours of their off-time to assist in stripping the house. Thanks to Chris Chavez from Comfortworks for showing up with pizza to feed everyone.

We would also like to thank Spectrum Paint for their generous donations of gloves, eye goggles, face masks and trash bags. We never expected these items and appreciate so very much the donations of them.

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