Friends 'Rock to Remember'

Forst enlisted the help of a high school friend, Justin Haas, owner of Orange Roofing, to help with fixing the roof. Haas was willing to do the roof for free, all he requested was Sammons and Forst provide the materials. Another local firefighter who works at Allied Building Supplies was able to get the company to donate the materials to help build the roof.

On July 30, Haas was able to repair the roof.

"I took us a day," he said. "She's going to benefit from this roof for 30 years."

Haas had recently lost his father, so he said he understood what the family was going through and wanted to help out.

To get funding for the materials, Sammons and Forst got an unexpected call from friends at the Farmer Boy Diner on Central Avenue saying car dealership owner Billy Fuccillo wanted to help after he saw a flier for the fundraiser hanging in the diner.

"I walked into the diner down there and Cynthia [the hostess], I saw her selling T-shirts and I go, 'Cyn, what are you doing?'" Fuccillo said. "The two guys came over, and I said, 'Show me the house.' It did need a roof, but it also needed a lot more."

Fuccillo hired a contractor to get an estimate on how much it would cost to get new siding, a new porch and new doors. He even tried to get into the house to see what the interior looked like.

"I just wanted to see if there was anything that stuck out," he said. "I wouldn't be a good thief."

Fuccillo, Sammons and Forst all agree that the Anderson children are the most important thing and that they will do anything to help them out.

"It's very important to me that at the end of the day, when I put my head on the pillow, in my heart I believe I did the right thing for everybody," Fuccillo said. "I don't know the lady, but I think I'm doing the right thing to help her and other people in the community, and that's very satisfying to me."

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