Vigil Held In Memory Of Jeromesville Fire Victims

  • 7/18/2019 9:58:12 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

JEROMESVILLE, OH - Hundreds gathered at Hillsdale High School on Thursday evening to remember and grieve for several Hillsdale students that fell victim to a fatal house fire earlier this week. While being a much smaller community than neighboring districts such as Loudonville or Ashland, the residents of Jeromesville are a tight-knit group, and are committed to supporting each other through many hardships - a quality that will enable those affected by the tragedy to process their grief a little easier.

"What incredible testimony to the love and care that the community gives to its constituents," said Tim Keib, a Middle School Principal in the Hillsdale School District. "You're looking at over two hundred people here for this little girl. Many of them don't even know her, but they care for her because she's one of us. What a testimony to our community."

The vigil took place on the lawn of the high school, where community leaders took turns speaking and saying prayers for the family.

"It's truly awesome to see everyone gathered together," said Tammy Hoverford, a Community Liason for the Hillsdale School District. "There are people we don't even know...I'm not even sure live in this district. It's awesome that they come together to rally behind the whole family."

"I've counted license plates; five different counties," Keib said. "There's a tragic side to it, but it has brought us together. That is truly the testimony of Faithlyn."

The community has banded together to donate clothing and other living items for the family, through the organization Hillsdale Cares. Tammy Hoverford, who works with the organization, says that over $2,500 has been donated to the family so far, with other donations continuing to pour in.

Those who are interested in helping the family can contact Hillsdale CARES (Churches Actively Responding to Emergency Situations) or visit Hillsdale High School from Monday through Thursday.

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