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Local fire department helps rebuild home after fellow firefighter dies

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RANDOLPH (WKOW)--The Randolph Fire Department knows something about the bonds of brotherhood.

When a local firefighter died, his family home fell to disrepair. His fellow firefighters stepped in to help.

As an active member of the Randolph Fire Department, Guy Hopkins was an unforgettable man.

To him, the department was a second home, especially since he lived just across the street.

Last October, Hopkins lost his 5 year battle with kidney cancer. His struggle with the illness made it hard for him and his wife, Yvonne, to keep up with the family home.

Now, in memory of their fellow firefighter, the crew has stepped in to help Yvonne fix up the house.

"They know this is where I want to stay,” Yvonne said, “This is our home and the one way to make that happen is they came and helped."

She says they are finishing what she and Guy didn’t get the time to do. Randolph Fire Chief, Bruce Miller said it’s just what they do.

"It's not just a brotherhood, it’s family and when family members need help, family members help out," Miller said.

The department, along with friends and neighbors will spend Saturdays installing siding the home. They say they’ll be there until they get the job done.


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