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Fire victims' family appreciates support

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008

Out of the ashes a new day arises, bringing with it rays of hope. On March 15 we lost our daughter, Christina; grandsons, Frank Tyler and Ryan Matthew; and our granddaughter, Judy Jones. Our son-in-law, Frank Hunt, was the only survivor. We believe, with all our being, he did everything he could possibly do to get his family out of their burning trailer.

Firefighters informed us that the fire produced flames and heat approaching 360 degrees. They also told us that they had to repeatedly pull Frank away from the burning structure.

We love Frank and consider him our son. Unfortunately the rays of hope have been slighted by people spreading rumors about something they know nothing about. The fire was investigated, and we are satisfied with the results. We would ask that those who are making hurtful, untrue statements please stop. You cannot imagine the pain we are suffering, and to hear ignorant rumors simply adds to our sorrow.

On the other hand, the outpouring of support our families have received is beyond our wildest dreams. People in Anchorage and Soldotna donated airline miles so family from as far away as Florida and Minnesota could be flown in for services. Lodging for our family was provided by All Alaska Outdoors. Airline tickets from Kenai to Anchorage were also donated to get family members back and forth.

Many people from Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski donated food. Food was also donated to feed approximately 350 people who attended the services. Pastor Lewis of the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski provided much support and officiated the ceremony and remembrance of the lives of the ones we lost. Central Peninsula Hospital staff has provided so much support. They are truly part of our family.

We want to thank the firefighters, paramedics, police officers and the people who came together to help our families. It feels good to know that communities still love each other and help out during times of need.

We will miss them but we know we will be together again.

Joyce and Paul Drake

Soldotna



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