Deputy brings Christmas to fire victims

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WHITEVILLE, Tenn — A family’s home was destroyed by fire early Friday morning, but a local sheriff’s deputy stepped in as a show of holiday spirit. “He looked over at the Christmas tree ,and it was smoking,” said Emma Neely, resident of the destroyed home in Whiteville. She said her husband saw the flames coming from the Christmas tree, and immediately helped his family to safety. However, the fire had already destroyed their home. “It kind of left us with nothing. All our kid’s Christmas my grandkid’s Christmas, it’s gone. That’s when Hardeman County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Williams, stepped in. He said after seeing the flames and the Neely family outside, with their 5 year old and 1-year-old, he rushed to help. “They didn’t ask for anything it was just obvious that the house was fully engulfed and it was a total loss of course,” said Deputy Williams He said he immediately bought diapers, clothes, and Christmas gifts for the children. Williams encourages others to be more giving not just during the holidays but whenever they have the opportunity to help. The Neely family said Union Hill Church in Whiteville, will hold a benefit dinner to help them get back on their feet. It will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

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