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Middletown Rallies to Help Durham Vet After Fire

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The Middletown community is rallying around a Durham family who lost their home in a fire, the Town Times reported.

Karen and Ted Dyndiuk lost their home and belongings in a fire last April. Ted, a U.S.Army vet, received second degree burns to his head, ears, and arms, along with interior damage to his lungs. He was in a coma and put on life support for four days. Karen received minor injuries, but lost all her belongings and her two cats.

According to the information on a Go Fund Me account set up by their neighbor Jeff Siena, Ted is 76 years old and a Veteran of the United States Army. Karen is 72 and dedicates much of her time to church functions.

The Town Times reported that Siena helped bring the community together to help the family through the difficult weeks that followed the fire. A dinner was held June 5 at the Middletown Elks Club that raised more than $6,000 to help with medical bills. Their goal is $12,000.

The Dyndiuk's neighbor took in Karen after the fire while her husband, Ted, recovers from his injuries. He is recovering at the Water’s Edge Rehab facility in Middletown.

Karen Dyndiuk said she was thankful for everyone who came to the fundraising dinner and praised the Durham Volunteer Fire Department. 

A fund has been set up to support the family on Go Fund Me. Click here to donate.  Donations may also be sent to Dyndiuk Fire Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 357 Main Street, Durham, CT 06422.

To read the full story on The Town Times, click here.

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