WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — It started out as a regular police call from a mother concerned about her missing daughter.
This lead to the discovery of a desperate situation, and now, many people in the community are involved to help.
“We located the daughter and we brought her back here, and as soon as I walked into the house I saw the condition of the house and I was shocked,” said officer Jeff Lampson of the Windsor Locks Police Department.
The house was in shambles, infested with mold, and in desperate need of repair.
“It was a culmination of unfortunate circumstances that left them in the situation that they are in, and I wasn’t about to call DCF or social services and make matters worse,” officer Lampson said.
So, the police officers decided to fix the problem themselves. They rolled up their sleeves and called in reinforcements to help a mother in need.
“I had lung cancer in 2009. They got rid of the lung cancer, but now I have emphysema and COPD,” said Teresa LeFavour, the child’s mother.
They got her out of the house and into a motel. They called neighbors and friends, and donations started coming in. A furnace, electrical work, plumbing, sheet rock contractors, and school employees. All wanting to help.
Police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and school officials, are all volunteering their time working after hours on weekends even before they go off to work. They hope to have it finished in time for the holidays.
“…They are my guardian angels…I was trying to get out from underneath it all and I couldn’t do it because I’m on disability,” LeFavour said. “I’m gonna cry. And I’m raising three teenagers.”
To help the efforts to rebuild this home, visit the Windsor Locks Police Department’s Facebook page here.