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August 3, 2013

Community pulls together to help man caught in 2012 wildfire


STILLWATER, Okla. — The road back

Franzmann was overwhelmed. Everything was gone and he wasn’t sure how he was going to rebuild his life.

Lifelong friend Randy Wick, a Stillwater real estate agent, called. Wick took control and came through.

“Without him, I’d probably still be sitting on a pile of rubble,” Franzmann said.

Donations were set up through Paypal. They raised nearly $6,000. A benefit at a Stillwater restaurant raised another $6,000. A benefit at a Tulsa bar added another $1,000 to the cause.

The money was enough to pay for half of the replacement mobile home that Franzmann said he got a good deal on thanks to Wick.

Cleanup took a week. Close friends were able to have Franzmann and Cox stay at their home during that week.

For a short time, Wick loaned Franzmann a camper with room for his pets.

Cox talks about the camper optimistically because in no time the new mobile was set up.

“If you’re going to have something happen, it’s here,” she said. “They’ll really get you going again. I remember we moved in that night and had dinner. It was amazing. It was a miracle.”  

Habitat ReStore helped the couple with $500 worth of appliances.

The Red Cross helped with money and toiletry items. The community came through with furniture, clothes, dishes and food.

People came out of the woodwork — old classmates and friends — to help.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year,” Franzmann said. “We want to thank family, friends and everyone who pitched in.”

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