A Mt. Juliet man training to be a fireman in Wilson County, spent time in Nashville Tuesday thanking dozens of recruits for their generosity after a fire destroyed his home last month.
Tracy Combs was in the middle of fire fighting training in Mt. Juliet on January 8 when he heard his home address come across the radio.
“I rode here actually on the fire engine. It was pretty much a loss at that point. Flames were shooting about 100 feet high, it was out of control,” Combs previously told Nashville's News 2.
His wife and daughter were able to escape the burning home without injury; however the home was destroyed.
Combs said the news of the devastating fire quickly spread among the recruits of the nearby Nashville Fire Department.
In an effort to help the family, 67 recruits collected cash donations to help the Combs' recover their losses.
“Before I knew it, they started passing a coffee can around and it started growing and growing,” Nashville fire captain Scott Lively said.
Lively told Nashville's News 2 his group of recruits raised and delivered more than $2,000 for the family.
“I've been a part of fundraisers for a lot of years and you just don't, this just does not happen. It has to come from the heart. This right here came from the heart,” he said.
Combs said he and his family were truly blessed by the firefighter recruits' generosity.
“I will never, ever forget it. Me and my family, it is just something that will last forever,” he said, adding. “It shows that God is looking after you and there are still good people in a world that is not always good.”
Combs added that his personal experience with losing his family's home in a fire will only help him when he responds to future calls.
“I can relate to them on a level a lot of people can't,” he explained.
Combs and his family are currently working with their insurance company to rebuild their home.
He is also set to begin fire school in April.
- Jan. 8, 2013: Mt. Juliet home gutted by fire