A fire ripped through the home of Stephenville Patrol Sergeant Jody James in Dublin Tuesday, destroying almost all of the family's belongings.
Reports indicate the fire, smoke and water damage completely destroyed the inside of the home, but did not destroy the structure. The family will be able to rebuild.
According to Stephenville Police Chief Pat Bridges, the family was returning home when James smelled smoke and got his family back outside. As they were calling for fir fighters, the family saw flames coming from inside the home.
Now, Stephenville and Dublin residents are coming together to help a man who puts his life on the line every day protecting others. The police department is taking donations and collecting clothing for the James family.
"We took up a collection yesterday," Bridges said. "And we're doing all we can to help them out. If people want to donate money or clothes they can come by the department and speak to one of the receptionists."
The James family has three children; Lauren, 14, Ryan, 11, and Dylan, 9. The kids are in need of clothes. To drop off clothing, other items or to make a monetary donation, come by the police department's training room on Belknap Street. There will be a collection box for money as well as a place to drop off other items.
"They've lost everything," Bridges said. "They were unable to save anything but the clothes on their backs. I know anything people can do to help will be greatly appreciated."
For more information, call Penny Hallmark at 918-1277.