Roane County Boots and Buckets

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford

Harriman (WVLT) -- An East Tennessee County has come together to help the family of a father and son who were killed at home in a fire last weekend. Volunteer TVs Kim Bedford spent Saturday morning in Roane County and she discovered how folks were reaching out.

25-year old Travis Farmer and his three year old son, Peyton Richardson Farmer both died from injuries they received in a Harriman house fire last Saturday.

The Farmer family does not have insurance, but thanks to some big hearts in Roane County, they'll now be able to afford a funeral and medical expenses.

"They're giving $20 bills, $30 bills, $5 bills, anything they have," said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle. "I think it's real good. I hope everybody donates a little something."

All those bills total up, and in just a few hours more than 16-thousand dollars was collected for the Farmer family.

"I hope this takes care of all their medical bills and their funeral bills that they have and take some of the burden off of them," said Wayne Best, a Harriman Fire Chief.

The Harriman Fire Department put on a boots and buckets fundraiser today with the help of Harriman and Rockwood Police and the Oliver Springs Fire Department.

"Having kids myself, I know it's not going to ease the pain," Heidle said, "but I hope it let's them know that there's people out here that care and were here for them."

If you would like to help out the Farmer family, there is a memorial fund set up for the Father and Son at the Citizens National Bank in Kingston.

The fire was nothing short of a tragedy for the Harriman community, and for Best, it was something he says he will never forget.

"I don't know how you describe it," he says, "It was, you know, your heart just falls to pieces when you come across something like that, and your heart goes out to the family."

Today, hundreds of hearts went out to the Farmer's.

Funeral Arrangements are now in place for the Farmers. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Davis Funeral Home in Harriman with the funeral to follow. Travis and Peyton will be buried on Thursday at 11 AM at Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood.

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