Apr 11, 2010 8:12 AM by Matt Stafford

Volunteers pitch in for local hero

It's been a project of more than 2 years, fixing up the basement. But a war injury has proven to be a big speed bump for Staff Sergeant Dennis Cline. The injury may have caused him to lose a hand, but his wife Brooke says it hasn't stopped him. ""He just figured out a way to do it." she says. Unfortunately the project was put on hold. Dennis needed more surgery on his hand at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Maryland. "They sent him back there. The doctors really felt that would be that best place." explains Brooke.

But while Dennis lay in a hospital bed, the basement project was given a new life. Volunteers from across Colorado made their way to the Cline home, doing what they could to finish up the project.  But they had a lot of work to do, and only a little time to do it.  "When we heard he was going to be delayed another week we were kind of happy about it but we were sad for him because he was going to have to be away from his family for another week," says Tom Tarver, one of the many volunteers.

But finally, Staff Sergeant Cline got to come home to a new life and lots of volunteers. "You pull up and see everybody in the street. It's overwhelming." says Dennis, "You don't expect it. Definitely don't feel like you deserve it." but this groups thinks Dennis definitely deserves it, and weeks of labor are proof of that. While the work isn't finished, the ground work is laid and the volunteers aren't going anywhere. "For everybody that worked so hard on the house, it's a nice reward for them as well as everybody else." says Tarver.

If you would like to donate to the project at the Cline home, you can do so at any TCF Bank branch. Just ask for the Dennis Cline Benefit Fund.


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