Schoharie community continues to help the Smith family

May 24, 2018 11:41 PM

SCHOHARIE - Memorial Day is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"That's one fantastic thing about this county," Wayne Schell said.

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And if there's one thing the people of Schoharie County know how to do, they honor not only those who have passed but also those who are very much alive and in need.

"Everybody always takes that extra step and they'll do whatever they can do to take care of people," Schell said.

"Schoharie County is an amazing place to live. I've had job offers in other parts of the state but the people of Schoharie County is what's it's all about," Dan Smith said.

Dan Smith, his wife and three teenage daughters were getting dinner ready at home Monday night when Dan says he heard a tornado like sound outside his door.

"I went out to see what was going on and as soon as I open the door I get hit by a wall of flames."

The fire spread quickly and Dan, a volunteer firefighter got everyone out safely including his dog and cat but the family was left with just the clothes on their back. It didn't take long for friends and strangers alike to step up.

"The community has just been so awesome to us, we have beds dressers nightstands everything we could think of at this point."

"I know Dan does a real lot for the community," Darcy Gray, owner of the Your Way Cafe said.

When Gray heard about the fire, she turned a planned party after the parade into a benefit to raise money for the smiths.

"If you have your dance shoes you better bring them because I'm going to make you dance regardless," Sarah Keller said.

A Go Fund Me page has raised more than half its goal and check donations continue to come into the sheriff's department for them.

"Each day they kind of think of things they lost and it kind of hurts a little bit but we're all doing the best we can. I think find a little humor in life and we're all looking toward the future," Smith said.

More than $7,000 was raised by the community, Your Way Cafe and the Cobleskill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.


Karen Tararache

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