Fire Victim Rewarded

Fire Victim Rewarded

William (Bill) Forte, of Naugatuck, Conn., a blind ex-boxer, and his two motherless children were burned out of their trailer home recently on the New Haven road in that town.

To Forte, that was another tough blow, but not daunted, he carried on with the aid of neighbors. His plight was brought before a nation of televiewers on a coast to coast show when Bill and his two youngsters, Leona, 9, and Billy, 5, told their story.

Then things began to happen. Leslie Hutchinson, owner of a trailer coach company at Drayton Plains, Mich., offered the Fortes a new trailer home, which Bill accepted for the family. Contributions of money and clothing came from all parts of the country. Firemen at Naugatuck also contributed to the cause.

The climax came at the New Haven Arena, where Forte received title to a 26-foot Pontiac model house trailer worth $3,500 at the opening ceremonies of the Connecticut Trailer Coach Exposition. He also was promised the “works” on the site he selects—all connections so he could move right in. free of any charge.

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