When you are a firefighter, you spend your time at work trying to save people’s homes, cars and other property. Many times you see families going through the nightmare of losing everything in flames. Imagine how you feel when this happens to you.
This is what happened to East Franklin volunteer firefighter Steven Vandeursen, his wife Dineen, and their children Olivia and Evan. They lost their home to a fire overnight and couldn’t get anything back. Fortunately, they and their family animals were able to escape safely.
East Hampton Fire Chief Dan Krushinski and Steven Vandeursen called my New Jersey 101.5 show on Tuesday night September 21 to talk about it.
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“At 3 am my dog started barking. It woke me up with a slight haze of smoke inside the house,” Steven said when he called the show. “I got up thinking it was something small, electric in the kitchen. And when I walked over to the kitchen, I saw that the room next to the kitchen was completely on fire. I went to get my family and I picked them up, I took them out of the house, I took the animals out of the house.
And then the house was completely devastated by the flames.
Steve and his family have worked with the East Franklin Fire Department for a long time. His father Butch is a former chef and life member. Dineen is one of the Ladies Auxiliary, this family has spent a lifetime giving and helping their community and now they need your help.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help this family who has helped so many others get back on their feet. Thank you for contributing whatever you can. All money raised will go directly to the Vandeursen family to be used in their recovery.
If money is a problem, they also need clothes which can be dropped off at the fire station any night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 11 p.m. at 121 Pine Grove Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey.
There is also a car wash this Saturday, September 25 at the East Franklin Fire Station where all proceeds raised will go to the Vandeursen family.
Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on twitter @realstevetrev.
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