Fremont Raises Money For Four Families Affected By Deadly Crash
By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Aug 10, 2013
Fremont, NE -- On the final weekend before kids in Fremont go back to school, the community came together to end the summer on a positive note.
In June, three 16-year-old boys died after the car they were riding in flipped over.
Jackson Blick, Trey Hansen and Tyler Walling died in the crash on Old Highway 8.
A fourth passenger, Jake Burnside, is still recovering. He's been out of the hospital three days, and he's already making big strides.
"He's doing well," said Carter Burnside, Jake's dad. "Jake is doing really well. He's been through a lot."
It's been a long two months for Carter and his family.
"A lot of prayer, a lot of faith and a lot of positive vibes from the community," said Carter when asked what has helped his family get through the summer.
Since June, Jake has been released from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
He is on crutches and ready to get back to school.
"I think he's ready to be with his friends," said Carter. "He's ready to be with people that he's known and cared for, along with his family. I think he's ready."
People came out in full force on Saturday night for a fundraiser that will help all four families.
There were raffle prizes, a silent auction, and food and t-shirt sales will go to them.
"The boys and the families that this affected, affected all of us," said event organizer Mary Granger. "If we can do anything, anything at all, to help the families, we want to do it."
Hundreds of people showed up to give a splash of support.
"They're just going to go wild because they're so happy that (Jake) is going to make it tonight," said Granger.
While this small community still struggles to grasp with what was lost, Jake is getting stronger and continues to give them hope.
"Words can't describe having your son," said Carter. "I don't know what else to say."
All the money raised will be split equally between the four families.