03/14/11 571 W - + 8 - 3 Knightdale Firefighters Need Your Help To Help Their Own

Members of Knightdale Public Safety are performing an "Extreme Makeover"-style renovation on the home of one of their members who is suffering severe hardships. Long-time volunteer firefighter Jeff Bouchelle and his family of four have been dealing with the daily struggles of a son suffering from pediatric glaucoma, which makes him legally blind. Forrest uses oxygen at night to ensure he doesn't develop pneumonia. Jeff's wife Kathy left her job to stay home with Forrest, thus cutting there income in half.

This situation has left Jeff and his family strapped for cash. And just as their little boy must be kept safe and in good health, their home must also be safe for them. Unfortunately, their house has numerous problems: a leaking roof, severely rotten siding, leaking windows in poor condition, and a furnace that hasn't worked in years. They heat their home with electric heaters. They're using one bathroom, due to an bathtub crack that's rendered another one inoperable. Their dishwasher hasn't worked in there years, their deck rotted and was removed, and there are many other issues.

As Firefighter Chris Miller notes "As a brother of our own, I feel like it is very much deserved, that we help him in a way that sees fit for their family to have a peace of mind and confidence in knowing that they don't have to worry about the burdens that have been weighing on them for so long now." Thus their plan for an "Extreme Makeover"-style renovation of the Bouchelle's home, just without the cameras and television hosts.

Knightdale Public Safety members Goley Boggs, Tim Guffey, Mike Miller, Chris Miller and others have been working to make this happen, but they need some help. They're asking for people to help with the labor, donations for some of the building supplies, and just some brotherly love. Though Mike and Goley have received almost everything needed as a donation, there are still some things to be purchased. The fire department has established a trust fund at the First Citizens Bank in Knightdale for donations. Please make checks payable to the Knightdale Public Safety Explorers Jeff Bouchelle Relief Fund.

Presently, all of the shingles and most of the siding has been donated. Skip Blaylock has donated all the metal. A dumpster has been donated, and most all of the windows have been provided. We are also trying to building an addition to the end of there home, to give Forrest more room for his medical equipment, his bed, and all the things that a six year-old boy needs. We have submitted the plans and most of the materials have been donated for the donation. As everything can't be donated and some things have to be purchased, donations of money are also requested.

Work is planned to start on the roof on Monday, March 14. They hope to have the roof completely removed and re-shingled by Tuesday. If you available either of these days, please notify Chris Miller or Goley Boggs, so they can plan accordingly. If you can help in the coming days, please contact either of them, and they'll work to make a schedule.

Your help is greatly appreciated, and means the world to Jeff and his family. Thank you for reading. 

Christopher Miller
Firefighter First Class
Knightdale Public Safety
919-320-7271 cell

The address where the work is happening is 602 Indian Springs Drive, Knightdale…
Legeros - 03/15/11 - 20:38

WRAL story about this project, http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/933..
Legeros - 03/25/11 - 23:12

Thanks to everyone who has helped so far; donating time, money, and materials. We’ve had firefighters from around the county and a few police officers and Wake SO deputies. This has been a very worth while project for a very deserving family. Again, thanks to all.
Knightdale Fire - 03/26/11 - 22:25

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