Ghent community rallies around family after fire

April 17, 2019 05:51 PM

A corrections officer in Columbia County and his family lost their home in a fire. The fire almost a week ago was a sudden tragedy. Luckily, the family of four is okay. However, their home was heavily damaged.

The Rossmans and their two kids are looking at a good six to eight months out of their home. All the sheetrock has to be repaired, the roof, every door and window, all the appliances have to be replaced.

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Brandon is a Columbia County corrections officer. His wife, Jenna, is a teaching assistant in Chatham. They have a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Friends say the couple is very active in the community.

They lost clothes, furniture and toys.

The corrections officers and their union, Local 3828, are stepping up for one of their own, putting together fundraising efforts for a friend and fellow officer.

At this point, they say the response has been terrific, but right now, the family really doesn't have any more room to store any donated items at the place that they've been staying temporarily.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is set up at the Chatham Firehouse on Monday, April 29 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Hear more from fellow corrections officers about why it's so important to bring the community together to help the family, by watching Kumi Tucker's story.

MORE INFORMATION: GoFundMe: Brandon and Jenna Rossman


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