Millheim, Centre County, Pa- Many local businesses and the Millheim Volunteer Fire Company are putting out a jar to raise money for Crystal Wetzel’s family.
Local owners say it’s the least they can do for someone who gave back to her community. Many locals are now rallying around Wetzel’s husband and two daughters…taking turns visiting their home.
“We’ve been showing up out there on a daily basis, people are taking them meals right now…,” said Delmer Homan, Chief of Milleheim Fire Company.
Local businesses are showing their support by collecting money that goes to the Wetzel family…. many additional fundraising efforts are currently being planned.
“It’s unimaginable, one day, mom’s coming home from work…with what I understand was a pizza…. and then she’s gone… I don’t know how you put that in perspective,” said Tim Bowser, Co-Owner of Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks.
Bowser was shaken by Friday evening’s tragedy and feels the community will need time to heal.
“It certainly won’t be the same, it’s hard to say how long these things take…between the family and the family of the fire company,” Bowser said.
The fire company family is still morning one of their own.
“She was part of our family, and our hearts are definitely broken,” Chief Homan said.
The entire fire company plans on attending Wetzel’s funeral which will be held this Wednesday at the New Hope Church in Spring Mills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here is the link to the GoFundMe page established for Wetzel.