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Chris Tye of CBS 2 reports that this is the reason for the holidays and Giving Tuesday and CBS 2 is doing everything to help the Red Cross continue to help people every day in our community.
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On average, the Red Cross responds to 870 disasters in the Chicagoland region each year, most of them house fires. Including one that raged through seven homes in Fuller Park in September.
One resident said he didn’t know where he would be today without the swift actions of his dog and the Red Cross.
“It’s Mr. Rello. Without him, I wouldn’t be here.
This guy is strong. And intuitive. And while some owners say that, Coy Freeman thinks so about his seven-year-old American Bulldog. It was in the early morning of September 30th.
“I was sleeping on the couch and my dog Rello came over and started waking me up erratically. He took his nose, he lifted my arm in the air, hopping on me with his paws, ”Freeman said.
His house became house number seven.
“They say seven homes have been affected,” Freeman said.
Seven houses engulfed by a dry night on the 4900 block of South Princeton in Fuller Park.
“Before I even got to the door, I heard the crackle of the house,” he said.
Understood. Not seen. Because the man, including a licensed dog breeder, the occupant of house number seven, and Rello’s father is visually impaired.
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“I couldn’t see it, but I could smell it,” Freeman said. “The coffee maker was melted in a cup holder. I hear the fire constantly cooking. I can hear the sirens and everything. I’m telling you, it looks like the fire is alive, it’s like it has its own life.
Saving the 12 dogs inside has become a frenetic test. Through the smoke, using his innate knowledge of the layout of the apartment, he began.
“The smoke was extremely thick, I still got another dog or two. The third time the firefighters prevented me from entering, saying I could potentially die, ”he said. “I lost two of my females and I lost two of the puppies. We just couldn’t go back to pick them up. It’s honestly like losing a family member. You certainly feel it emotionally. And that’s not a good feeling.
This feeling followed by the central question “What now?” “
“How are you going to move, where are you going when you’ve lost everything, including my wallet,” he asked himself.
Amid the fire engines, news vans and smoke, a friendly voice was heard.
“I was sitting on that porch scratching my head wondering where I was going to go, what I was going to do, they came in and they helped me.”
They are the American Red Cross.
“It really helped me and my dogs to get through the next week until we could find another place to go. At that point the Red Cross came and helped me a lot and I thank them very much. ”
Coy Freeman lost everything he owned in a massive fire in #FullerPark in September. The Red Cross was there to help him know what to do after such a loss. Coy is blind and says it was one of his dogs that woke him up and saved his life. Hear her story today @ 5 on @CBSChicago pic.twitter.com/ABO6y3qy0m
– Illinois American Red Cross (@RedCrossIL) November 30, 2021
Just imagine losing everything. Coy said the Red Cross gave him money for a hotel room and to feed his dogs for a few days to get him back on his feet.
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