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Fire Co. hosts donation drive for Walker family

Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 16:41:56-04

Donations were pouring in from all over Western New York, as people came in droves to help out Ken Walker and his family.

Volunteers at the Gratwick Volunteer Fire Company in North Tonawanda spent the day collecting donations for the Walker family, as they try to rebuild a home.

"It's a lot... the story has made national news, world news," said Ken Walker.

The story he is referring to, is his, one that shocked and saddened Western New York and the nation. Monday, Walker says he received a folded up letter in his mailbox, attacking his race and his service as a volunteer fireman. The letter made a clear threat for him to leave the department.

Then Wednesday, the Walkers found their home had been torched.

Thursday, North Tonawanda Police arrested Walker's neighbor, 39-year-old Matthew Jurado, and charged him with arson. Jurado told police he did not write the letter.

"There's still a lot of unanswered questions," Walker said. "Things we need to resolve."

Police with the help of the FBI are trying to find out who is behind the letter.

But if there's been one thing that hasn't been a mystery, it's the love shown toward the Walkers. The love was felt Sunday, as people from all over unloaded trucks full of furniture, baby toys, clothes, and food.

"Everyone has helped us pull through," said Ken. "I'm confident we'll be able to get back to life as usual."