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Son of fallen West firefighter trying to rebuild local park

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Saturday Hot Dog Benefit

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 9:11pm

On April 17th, the fertilizer blast in West claimed the lives of ten first responders. One of them was Joey Pustejovsky, who left behind his son, Parker, who is doing his part to rebuild the town.

“Parker is four and a half. He will be five in August," explained Carolyn Pustejovsky, Parker's grandmother.

Carolyn regularly took him to his favorite park, the West City Park. It lies just a few hundred feet from where her house once stood.

“Every time he would come to the house he wanted to go play in the park," said Pustejovsky.

However, just a few hundred feet on the other side of the park lies reminisce of the West Fertilizer Company.

Not only did Parker lose his father Joey, a West firefighter, to the explosion, but he also lost his favorite playground. Now it’s just a pile of twisted metal.

One day out of the blue Parker said he wanted to fix it.

Pustejovsky said, “At first his PeePaw asked him, ‘Is this a school project?’ And he said, 'No, it’s my project."

The family is holding a benefit outside city hall on Saturday.

They are asking the public to come by, bid on a few auction items, donate a little time, a little cash if possible and enjoy a hot dog or two- Parker's favorite snack.

It is also a chance to honor Parker's father Joey

“Because Joey was all about service to people and I think he instilled that in Parker." said Carolyn. So we're going to make Parker’s dream come true. Please come out and support us because every penny will go to the park. Every penny.”
 

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