WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) -- A local community came together Wednesday to raise money for a woman who lost her son and her cat in a devastating house fire in late April.
"I'm in awe," said Ruth Fortier. "I really am in awe."
Wednesday night Fortier watched firefighters, police, and paramedics play basketball to raise money for her. Last month, she watched the same emergency personnel charge into her burning house to try to save her son.
"I would give up everything, lay down in the middle of the road and give my life if it would bring him back," said Fortier. "I would. He was a wonderful son and there was nothing that I asked of him that he didn't do."
Firefighters, police and paramedics didn't stop helping Fortier when the flames were out.
"When the ambulance arrived, the mother was across the street and no one knew the son was still in the house," said Chief William Barratt, Wolcott EMS.
"It's a difficult seen," said Chief Kyle Dunn, Wolcott Fire Department, "the members go through a tough time. And it never leaves your mind."
"Ruth was a bus driver in this town for many years so many people know her," said Chief Edwards Stephens, Wolcott Police Department, "and it is amazing how everybody comes together, all volunteer, all to pitch in to help."
Tickets were $5 at the door and they were selling pizza and soda in the lobby. All the proceeds go to the family and they are hoping to raise thousands.
However, Fortier says it's not the money, but the sea of faces in the crowd that lift her spirits.
"There are complete strangers here," said Fortier. "How do you go about saying thank you? There are no words."
Fortier's son went by TW and came down from his home in Maine to help his mother. TW was set to go back to Maine the day after the fire.
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