Capt. Barroso wants to thank the generous people who have stepped in to ensure she has a home again. They include: Fire Chief Alan Averette and the Key West Fire Department Firefighters; Rick Milelli and Jonathan Taverez of Meridian Engineering, LLC; Frank and Mercy Herrada of FMH Builders, Inc.; David Steinmeyer and Charles Crawford of Gulf Southern Construction Company GSCC; John Toppino of Monroe Concrete Products, Inc.; Raymond Vazquez and Christopher Vazquez of Florida Keys Electric, Inc.; Edgar G. Braswell IV of Bella Construction of the Keys; Steven Leto and Jason Henton of All Star Air Solutions; Ernie Liz of Ernest Liz Plumbing; Lynn O’ Flynn and Dan De Vooght  of J. Lynn O’ Flynn Surveying; the City of Key West; Mrs. Alelia Butler, and all the Butler family members. And, of course, Manley DeBoer for today’s donation.

Community Effort Home Nears Completion

It’s been seven months since the Key West Fire Department and a group of generous members of the community began rebuilding the home that Miss Alelia Butler, lost to fire over two years ago.

Today the community came together at the nearly finished home to present Miss Butler with a $500 donation from Manley DeBoer, raised by the Key West Fire Department’s Union Local 1424.

In January of 2019, the Fire Department responded to a fire at 813 Galveston Lane just before 4 a.m. to find a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The homeowner, Miss Butler, barely got out alive, but she lost everything.

The community responded immediately. Thanks to an amazing group of people, led by Key West Fire Department Capt. Jason Barroso and the generous donations of many, construction is nearing completion on her new home.