In Your Corner Update: Community pitches in to help fire victims

OKLA. CITY – Our In Your Corner team has an update on a family that lost everything in a house fire.

Their place was a complete loss.

Our hearts went out to Bettye Copeland and her great-grandson, Josh, because they didn’t have insurance.

That’s when our team started rallying the community to get behind the family.

For the past year, the In Your Corner team’s been partnering with Tim Reardon and Rebuilding Together to get Bettye and her great-grandson, Josh, back in their home.

“Today was a very happy day in my life to see all these people here and for all the things they did for me and Josh,” Bettye said.

Gordon’s Service Experts hooked them up with a brand new heating and air system.

Claude Drabek and Drabek and Hill handled the duct work.

“We just felt grateful to contribute to it and help,” Drabek said.

Neal McGee Homes donated labor and materials to build the walls.

“It’s her lifestyle,” Neal McGee’s marketing director, Seth Lewis, said. “It’s her home. It’s her family. It’s where her heart is.”

Cannon Drywall offered up their services for free and so did Osborne Electric and the members from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Bettye has her independence back and a safer way to shower now.

There’s one space though that has her heart.

She said, “My kitchen I absolutely love.”

It was built with love by Zachary Taylor and Classic Kitchens.

“It’s what you live for,” he said. “There was an obvious need and we had resources.”

Bettye never expected all this.

It’s a dream come true.

“If Channel 4 hadn’t got involved, I don’t think a lot of this could have happened,” Bettye said. “It wouldn’t have happened.”


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