Family of local officer starting over after home was destroyed on Thanksgiving Day

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) — A local law enforcement officer and his family are now trying to figure out what’s next. A fire destroyed their home on Thanksgiving Day.

Duane Scarborough was working the holiday on patrol. His wife and six kids were at family’s for dinner. He is also a volunteer firefighter in his neighborhood. Towards the end of his shift, he was getting pages for a fire call, but the address was his own.

There was no saving the Columbiana home by the time firefighters got there. Now his family is starting over with the help of family and friends.

“We had a hard time trying to tell people what was going on. We were Thursday night buying socks and pajamas for our little ones and everyone else was Black Friday shopping. And so it was a whole different perspective,” Scarborough said.

This perspective’s inspired him and his wife to brainstorm ways on how they could help the next family in this position.

“There is other support from law enforcement that has stepped up and has gone through things like that, kind of coach us and help us a little bit.,” Scarborough said. “So I think that’s the biggest thing I can share with people. If we can help people with resources, but they are going to need to know, hey this is what you need to do first. It’s ok to be confused and have these emotions. we are going to help you through it.”

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