‘I Want You to See Who You Have Helped,’ Writes Family of Man Killed in Crash
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On February 25, Dillon Boots died in a three car crash north of Redway. Marley, his dog, was terribly injured. The Garberville Vet’s Office has been taking care of him since then. The community rallied round and contributed to a GoFundMe page for Marley which has since more than reached its original fundraising goal. Here’s a video of Marley taken a week ago with his caretaker at the vet’s office. He still has a way to go to reach full health.
Dillion’s sister Sheri Hamlin sent a thank you letter to our community for all the help we’ve given her. She asked that I convey her thanks and share some photos. Here’s her letter and the images she shared.
I am Dillon’s older sister, Sheri. I have read your stories on my brother’s accident. Thank you for covering this and putting out the help request for Marley. I was forwarded your e-mail from a woman named Lori. She’d reached out on my GoFundMe page and has been a wonderful support offering kind words and any help I need. You really do have an outstanding community and I’d like to meet all that were involved to thank them one day soon.
I have reached out to a “pay it forward” group there in Humboldt in order to get some help with bringing Marley home. He is loved very much. Lori and I believe he was spared as a beautiful blessing in my life. I live in Newbury Park, Ca. just north of LA. I am a full time student at Cal State Channel Islands and a part time waitress. This tragedy has been so life changing and although I try not to carry a somber mood, the daunting process of putting my little brother to rest takes over. I have been meaning to write you to thank you. For your respect in covering this story and making sure that public comments are not offensive. For the facts and details that you wrote about and for showing kindness and support for Marley with the 2nd story.
I’ve attached a few pictures. People usually like to put faces to a situation like this. I want you to see who you have helped.
My sincerest gratitude for your professionalism and kindness,