Raleigh firefighters go beyond the call-of-duty to help woman who lost everything in fire

  • Source: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
  • Published: 01/12/2021 02:37 PM

A Raleigh woman had a tough and tragic 2020 -- only for it to end in disaster. Her home, a shed in her sister's yard, was destroyed, and all her belongings were lost in a house fire on New Year's Eve. Inside were the cremains of her son, who died of coronavirus last April. "I know I will never get his ashes back," said Betty Campbell. Raleigh Station 11 responded to the fire. "When I got back to the station, I kind of just couldn't get her off my mind," said Capt. Dena Ali. "Thinking of her circumstances. So, she went on Facebook. "I'm just trying to collect a little bit of money to give her a gift card and within minutes, my phone started dinging," recounted Ali. She thought she could raise a few hundred dollars to buy clothes for Campbell. "I got donations from all over the country," said Ali. "A friend, who's a firefighter in Idaho, sent a very large donation." Within 24 hours, $4,000 came in and was given to Campbell.


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