Colorado

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.

»Comments

»Topics in this article

More News

Colorado
Story Photo

17 minutes ago

Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4