The day after a fatal fire killed four members of a Rockford family the community gets to work helping those left behind. The fire department also takes action to keep something like this from happening again.
Rockford rescue crews target the neighborhood around the Cashatt home. Firefighters walked the neighborhood around 1625 10th Avenue where four family members died Monday morning. Crews went door to door giving out free smoke detectors, reminding people the importance of having an escape plan and even changing batteries for those who needed it..
"With the tragedies that just happened people are more receptive with the response. People want their homes safe," says Rockford Fire Lieutenant Brian Carlson.
While fire crews are in the neighborhood, one area church tries to help the family left behind. Trinity Lutheran Church is where Sharon Cashatt took her family. She died along with her 21-year-old son, 13-year-old grandson and 10-month-old great grand-daughter.
"She gave with her heart, she gave everything she had to her family," Pastor Jay Quinn, Trinity Lutheran Church
Pastor Quinn says the family had been working on a time to baptize the baby, Isabella Gonzalez. Sharon's grandson Dominick Cashatt had been attending confirmation classes.
"He was just full of life and he loved being with people. You know, he loved being at school, he loved being at church, he loved being among others," says Pastor Quinn.
Sharon was known for adopting children and fostering kids with special needs even when money was stretched to the max. Pastor Quinn hopes the community can now give back to her.
"The funeral is going to be a big expense. And they now have four people that they have to lay to rest. And that is going to be one of their biggest needs, but also to be there spiritually for them and pray for them," says Pastor Quinn.
Trinity Lutheran Church set up a fund at Alpine Bank for the family. It's called the Cashatt Family Memorial Fund. The church is also accepting clothing or gift cards to clothing stores for the family.
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