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Benefit helps local fire victims in Ausable Forks

Volunteers prepare food for a benefit held recently for Amy and Howard Drake of Ausable Forks.

Volunteers prepare food for a benefit held recently for Amy and Howard Drake of Ausable Forks.

— “Amy and Howard are such core people in our little town,” Furnia said. “They are some of the kindest and most dedicated people among our community.”

Being life-long residents, Howard is a fireman and a town worker. Alongside his wife Amy, they played big parts of both the annual Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch tournaments in July. Being such a large part of the community, local residents felt they needed to give back to them after the fire.

The fire took place around 6 p.m. Jan. 3 on Golf Course Road. The fire departments of Au Sable Forks, Keeseville, Jay, Upper Jay, Peru and South Plattsburgh worked in frigid temperatures and ice-slick surfaces to try to douse the fire that witnesses say was showing through the roof of the house.

After the benefit, the community continued, and is still continuing, to help the Drake family in their time of need, something that is normal in small communities like Au Sable Forks.

“For being a small little town nestled in the Adirondacks, I am so proud of our community as we always pull together for one another,” Furnia said. “We are always here to help someone back up.”

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