WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA/Gray News) – A community in Alabama rallies behind a man whose property was badly damaged by Tuesday’s thunderstorms.
The retired veteran’s wife, Glenda, fell down the stairs and broke her neck two weeks ago, severing her spinal cord. Eventually the doctors told him there was nothing else they could do for his wife, and the decision was made to take her off life support.
Senn said his wife has not yet died but will spend her final days without life support in a care facility.
“They’re going to put her in a room until she dies,” Frank Senn said. “They’re going to keep her comfortable.”
Less than 24 hours after Senn’s property was hit by severe weather, there was an outpouring of support for him and his family.
“There were vehicles lined up with people coming to help,” Frank’s eldest son Jon Senn said. “The love and outpouring of support that has come out to help my dad and our ranch farm has been incredible.”
Volunteers, churches and logging companies contacted the Senns. Mike’s Tree Service in Elmore County spent most of Wednesday cutting and hauling trees. The company plans to spend several more days on the property to complete the job.
“We’ve been out, knocked down probably six or seven trees so far. I will come back tomorrow. I have about two more days of work left,” said David Stafford of Mike’s Tree Service. “We are all praying for everything to work out.”
“I tried to feed them earlier, and they said they didn’t come here to eat, they didn’t come here to drink, they didn’t come here for money. They’re coming to help a neighbor,” Jon Senn said.
Frank Senn could not be home the day after the storm. He was in Birmingham, spending every minute he could with his wife.
“He was going to come over here and watch, but he had to get up there with my mom,” Jon Senn said.
Clearing the debris helped uncover memories of Glenda. Jon Senn found a rocking chair from his mother when she was a child.
“I went up there and got my mom’s rocking chair,” Jon Senn said, pointing to the barn. “I’m not about to lose this.”
The pieces left behind are memories the family said they will hold even closer to their hearts now.
Frank Senn is a retired veteran. He and his wife have been married for over 40 years.
The family accepts financial contributions through the cash app $rangerfarms account. The family said the funds will be used to support other veterans in the area who need help.
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