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Page I0 Vt JR (_tMMi JNITV :I ta, "rn - May 30, 2012 / Heroes From page 1 who gave their lives to protect our way of life, a reality full of privilege and opportunities that we can so easily take for granted." While honoring those who have been lost, Fentiman encouraged everyone to not forget those who survived the call of duty, to take care of those who served and continue to serve. "Today, I challenge all of you to find someone who has or is currently serving in one of our military branches and thank them," Fentiman said. "It can be something large, like donating your time or money to one of our local veterans groups or as simple as a smile and a thank you." Mayor Craig Fentiman speaks. Boy Scouts Rory Meyers, above, left, and Nick Matt- son of troop 395 carry flags to start a Memorial Day service Monday at Gilliland Cemetery. At right, Pearl Harbor survivor Arend Franken carries a wreath to lay at Gilliland. At left, Linda Thronbrough tends to a fam- ily grave at the cemetery. Photos by Sean C. Morgan / Fire From page 1 started near her son's room. While all four family members escaped safely, they were left with a mess of charred rubble to clean up and belongings to replace. Thank- fully, Fredricks says, both sons RJ and Kyle are members of the high school's music program. "Because they're both in band and choir, (Band Director) Pat John- son really felt keenly, the loss for his students and really stepped up to help," she said. "Mr. Johnson helped with that and he has kind of spearheaded the effort for my chil- dren and I." She said Johnson told the jazz Photo by Caitlyn May R J, Jamey and Kyle Fredricks stand outside their former home, which burned May 10. J Great service for J BUSINESSES: ............ i!i!iiiiii!iiiii!!ilili!iiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiii:ii!!iiiii!iiiiii!i " R(a(h,' ' ..... over 7,500 " ' +++ fro:l00l. Crawfordsville to Cascadia! ALL ABOUT SWEET HOME SINCE 1929 (541) 367-2135 File photo by Chris Pinto Firefighters hose down the back of the Fredricks' house. band, which practices early in the morning, about the situation. In- stead of practicing, band members called their parents and had them go through their closets to see if there was anything the Fredrick boys could wear. "Because of these jazz band students, the word went out right away," she said. Word of the Fredricks' need spread and by the next afternoon, the high school's band room had be- come Donation Central, with several members of the community bring- ing clothes, blankets and other ne- cessities. A Facebook page was also set up to aid Fredricks and her boys, while Johnson and the members of the band went one step further. "On Friday morning (Johnson) told the band kids that they're going to need help sifting through the de- bris and cleaning it out," Fredricks said. "We had probably a dozen band and choir kids after school, helping us go through everything. They Were using rakes and shovels, pull- ing out pictures that weren't com- pletely damage& It was amazing some of the things they were able to come up with. These kids went though so carefully to see if there was anything they could salvage. It was wonderful." In the weeks since the devastat- ing fire, Fredricks says the family has been receiving phone calls and messages offering everything from silverware to a place to stay. "We've had people call and say that they were going to have a garage sale but that we could come and take whatever we wanted, in- stead," she shared. As for the boys, Fredricks says they're taking the unforeseen events well. While none of the three boys were injured during the fire, Kyle did sustain a minor injury during the clean-up. "One of his friends brought a skateboard over and for one last time, he was going to skateboard in front of the house and he fell and got a hairline fracture," she said. The house, owned by family members, will take some time to repair. However, the Fredricks have been given another rental opportuni- ty here in town, thanks to the kind- ness of a fellow resident', she said. Of the overall support her fam- ily has found in the community, Fre- dricks said: "Coming here, and mak- ing the friends we have made and getting to know the people, it has been better than I thought it would be and when this happened to us, the response that we have had and the outpouring of help and friendship has actually shocked me because I thought when we left Nebraska, we wouldn't have that again. It has been a blessing." Anyone wishing to aid the Fredricks family can donate to the cause's Facebook page or visit Well's Fargo Bank, where the Fre- dricks Family Donation account has been established. ..................................... i  iI   i  ' : ":i[+l: ;[ i :"i"i1"':;I ..... i; ....... : ..... ;;i;:ITi;l:',';,;i:Llli:iiiIll