City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Charity House Paint
Last October, Engine 7, B Shift, was sent to a medical in North Lincoln. The call was for an individual with severe autism. Marlene, the patientís mother asked at the end of the call if we could follow her home, also in North Lincoln, in case there were any further problems. During the call Firefighter Bryan Kratochvil noticed that Marlene's other two daughters had some type of disabilities also. After following Marlene home he noticed that her big two story house was in desperate need of paint and repair. In days following the call, Bryan got approval to go ahead and contact Marlene to see if LFR could help her out and fix up her house. Bryan called Marlene and expressed to her that he wanted to help her out by painting the house and get it fixed up. In talking with her he found out that she has three teenage daughters with severe autism and a son who has dyslexia. Her husband could not handle things after he found out that the 3rd daughter had autism also and he left her and moved to California. She then told him that they had a fire in the house in 2006 and LFR crews had to rescue her trapped daughter from an upstairs bedroom window. Bryan contacted the Firefighters Benefit Association and they agreed to back this event financially. Bryan then made an email plea to all three shifts and then went on the Wednesday teleconference for all the shifts to ask for help. Bryan got people to sign up and help with the project and then began working on getting supplies.
Diamond Vogel paint store really stepped up and donated all the paint, primer, caulk, window glaze, and brushes for this event. Fire Apparatus Operator Brad Luedke also stepped up and donated all new gutters and the labor involved to install them. Captains Chad Roof, Scott Thompson, & Bob Watton helped Bryan a lot with decision making, organizing, and making things work. Bryan was also able to get Lowes to help donate some additional supplies. Glenn Louch of fire administration organized the Master Gardeners from UNL to come out and do brush removal, plant flowers, and do landscaping around Marlene's house.
On May 20th & 21st the members of Lincoln fire came together and painted the house. The project turned out to be a total success and Marlene's house has fresh paint and is looking great.