2004-01-16 / Community

Recent Fires Leave Community Glowing

By Brian Magoolaghan
Recent Fires Leave Community Glowing By Brian Magoolaghan


The Findley family stands on the front steps of their temporary home with the items  donated by City Councilman James Sanders Jr.The Findley family stands on the front steps of their temporary home with the items donated by City Councilman James Sanders Jr.

The two families displaced by separate fires last December have received generous support from several members of the Rockaway community and say life is slowly getting back to normal.

The Findley family, who lost their

home in a Christmas night blaze, received a carload of goods from City from page 2

Councilman James Sanders Jr.’s office including pillows, sleeping bags, towels, crayons and backpacks for all of the school-age children.


Members of the Hogan family reunite with Verizon workers this week .Members of the Hogan family reunite with Verizon workers this week .

Sharon Findley told The Wave this week that the Battalion Pentecostal Assembly Church, on Beach 67 Street, has also offered to help the family. And baby Jason, the newest member of their family, who was born earlier on Christmas, is doing just fine, she said.

Sharon said the Findley’s continue to live on Beach 69 Street with their neighbors, where they hope to stay until their home is rebuilt. "It’s going to take time," she said.

Meanwhile, the patriarch of the family rescued from their burning apartment by Verizon workers said his family is facing very difficult times, but is also making progress. Steve Hogan told The Wave his family lost everything in the fire, and that one of his six children is still being treated at a local hospital for "mental anguish." But he also said his family found a new place to live, and was helped by PS 197 and MS 180, two local schools.

"They really came together to help this family out," said Steve. The Hogan’s, formerly of Bayport Place, have five boys and a girl.

As for the Verizon men: "They were very helpful… I never knew who those guys were," Steve said.

Steve contacted The Wave last Fri­day morning after reading the paper and learning the identity of his family’s rescuers. The Wave made several unsuccessful attempts to track down the Hogan’s before press time last week.

A Verizon spokesman said a re­­­union between the family and the company’s men would take place this week.


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