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Firefighters organize yard sale to help 'brother'

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By Amber Coulter

Firefighters throughout Hardin County are organizing a community event to support the family of one of their own.

Radcliff firefighter Leroy Lewis lost his son and saw his wife badly injured after both were ejected from their car, police said.

Leroy Lewis’ son, Joseph Calvin Lewis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was killed after the 2002 Chevy Blazer his mother was driving left the south side of Ky. 228 near Battletown and overturned.

Sarah Lewis was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville and her 11-year-old daughter, Dallas Sizemore, was transported to a hospital by Meade County EMS, according to authorities.

Mike Hulsey, Elizabethtown fire chief and an event organizer, said Sarah Lewis was in a coma for about 33 days after the collision and missed her son’s funeral because of that.

The family didn’t have insurance, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid for Joseph Calvin Lewis’ funeral, he said.

Sarah Lewis is home now, but she can’t be by herself for more than three hours, he said.

Hulsey said the city of Radcliff is being fair with Leroy Lewis’ schedule, allowing him to go home and return when needed.

Firefighters from all departments in the county have organized through the Hardin County Chiefs Association an indoor benefit to meet medical expenses incurred while Sarah Lewis was in the hospital and any ongoing medical expenses the family might have.

An indoor yard sale is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard Community Center on South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

It’s typical for firefighters to support each other when someone needs help, Hulsey said.

“We’re a brotherhood,” he said. “If our brother’s hurting, we’re going to gather around him as much as we can to help him out.”

Hulsey said it is also important that community members support a firefighter in need because people who do that work know the dangers of the job and still try to help anyone they can.

They’re ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, he said.

“Firefighters are always there,” he said.

Items have so far been donated by fire departments and individual firefighters. Community members can donate items to sell shortly before the sale begins each day. Extra items are planned to go to Goodwill.

“Even if it doesn’t sell, it will go to a good cause,” he said.

The community center donated use of the building.

Food also is expected to be sold Saturday.

Hulsey hopes the event will raise at least $1,000 or $2,000.

“Everyone tells me that I set it really low and we’ll get a lot more than that,” he said.

A fund to help the family has also been set up at The Cecilian Bank. Donations can be dropped off at any bank location in the family’s name.

Amber Coultercan be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.