HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) - For years the people of Huntington have benefited from social programs administered by John Bergeron. A fire destroyed Bergeron's home Saturday night. And now the town can do something for John Bergeron.
Bergeron was away when the fire gutted his home on Saturday night. The fire destroyed everything he owned except several previous photographs that neighbors salvaged and placed in Bergeron's hands.
But according to Huntington Fire Chief Gary Dahill, people in this Hampshire County hilltown want to help their stricken neighbor get back on his feet. "We just care for each other that's all, it's just a close knit community. People go by all day they say they'd like to help anyway they can. We've been getting the names and giving it to the family."
Bergeron's daughter Miranda told 22News, she's deeply touched by the way the hilltown people here want to help her Dad. It says quite a lot about the people of Huntington. "Small town, everyone knows everyone. and my Dad's well known around the town , he does a lot for other people."
The Fire Chief reflected what a good thing it was that John Bergeron was away the night the house burned. As he put it, "We can replace a house, but you can't replace a person."