(WBRE/ WYOU)- The core of most fire companies is brotherhood. So when local firefighters found out one of their own was a victim of the massive fire in Ashland 3 days ago they wanted to do something about it.
Michael Wilson has been a firefighter for more than two decades. He never thought he’d face on himself.
“It was hard to take in at the time. Knowing that it was my home made it a little different,” Wilson said.
He belongs to several fire departments including this on in Shenandoah.
He lost everything in the massive row home fire in Ashland which destroyed six homes and damaged four others.
Firefighters from three counties responded, not knowing at the time one of their own was impacted.
Now they do, so they came to eat and laugh at the Columbia Hose Company in Shenandoah to help Wilson.
“Mike is a member of this fire house. And he helps everybody else. So in his time of need, we need to help him,” Lt. John Desjardine, Columbia Hose Company said.
People who came to this benefit want Wilson to know that they’re here to help however they can. And they aren’t the only ones. Different groups throughout the community are doing what they can to help.
“Everybody in the community, for the most part, is like one big family. We all take care of each other. Especially our brother sister fire fighters,” Cody price, a fellow firefighter said.
Price also lost everything in the same fire. He lived there with his fiance and daughter.
He was at work but says they made it out just moment’s before it was too late.
“It is heartbreaking know to that your family is there,” Price said.
He said all he could think about was his neighbors and is glad to know everyone made it out safely.
As he tries to pick up the pieces in his own life, he says he plans to also help other victims.
“It seems like when there is a tragedy like this it really brings out the best in people,” Chief Frank Uhrin, St. Clair Fire said.
There are several drop off locations throughout Schuylkill County to help those affected by the fire.
Helping Hands Thrift Store in Ashland
Cathy’s House of Style in Ashland
M&M Redzone in Mahanoy City
Church of the Nazarene in Lavelle
More benefit’s are also being held. The Columbia Hose Company is holding a Spaghetti Night for Wilson.
The Girardville Fire Department is holding an unbaked pizza sale on March 15th, and a 50/50 Raffle at the Girardville ‘s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Both will benefit Price and Wilson.