Volunteers pitch in to help veteran in need

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of volunteers and businesses pitched in Saturday morning to help out a disabled veteran whose home was destroyed by fire.

Fire tore through 59-year-old Floyd Molina’s northeast Albuquerque home on June 3. The U.S. Army veteran lost his cat and more in the fire.

“I was totally devastated,” Molina told KRQE News 13. “I had everything one day, and the next day everything was gone.”

Molina’s story and the need to clear his charred house from the lot he rents caught the attention of local group Heroes Walk Among Us.

“We heard about Floyd’s house burning down,” said Shane D’Onofrio, founder of Heroes Walk Among Us. “You have to have community support and veteran’s support to do this.”

D’Onofrio rallied volunteers and local businesses to help demolish the home and excavate the property.

Molina said each load that was carried away was a load off of his shoulders.

“I thought I was by myself, and I’m finding out I’m not by myself,” Molina said. “God is good, God is great. Thank you to everybody that pitched in to help and is continuing to help.”

D’Onofrio said he’s been working with companies in Albuquerque to try to secure a prefabricated home for Molina.

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