Fond du Lac Family thanks fire department on anniversary of fire


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – It’s been two years since a Fond du Lac family lost its home in a fire. And even though they’ve moved on to a new house, they vow to never forget those who helped them along the way.

November 21, 2014 is a day Ryan and Jodi Thorpe won’t forget.

“All of a sudden we looked up and we saw all of this smoke and we saw police cars blocking off our street and we kind of looked at each other and said, that’s either our house or our neighbors house,” says Ryan Thorpe

As they got closer to the scene, the Thorpes discovered it was their home. And despite the efforts of the Fond du Lac Fire Department to save it, the home was a total loss.

According to Thorpe, “We were fortunate enough that we were out of the house, our kids were out. We did lose our two dogs, but we’re just very thankful to the Lord that we were all out, so we’re all safe.”

So on the first and more recently second anniversary of their fire, the Thorpes delivered a box load of survival kits to the Fond du Lac Fire Department, recognizing the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.

Ryan Thorpe says, “We love what the fire department does. They put their lives on the line every day for people they don’t even know, so we just wanted to give them a little something back.”

While the candy inside the kits is always a nice treat, the act of kindness, to the fire department, means so much more.

Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says, “The thought process that went with it. The thought that they thought that much of us that they continue to think of way to make us smile and feel good, so certainly from my vantage point they did that.”

And as the Thorpe family continues to count its blessings, pausing to thank those who helped them through such loss, is a good life lesson they plan to continue to share with their children.

Thorpe adds, “Each year, as a reminder to us, to be thankful for what we have and thankful for what we’ve been through.”