The fires in Australia have made headlines around the world, but one ’s story is particularly disturbing. This is a story that a man deserves more respect than anyone, but he continues. When you look up “Perseverance” in the dictionary, you will see Ash Graham. But this hero needs our help.
Never overcome tragedy
This is some background knowledge about Ash. He lives in Nerrigundah, New South Wales, which is one of the areas most affected by bonfires. Two-thirds of the houses in the small Ash village have been eliminated. The two-thirds of the population had almost nothing, staring at the ashes they once lived.
The part of this story that makes Ash so remarkable is that he’s no stranger to tragedy and devastation. He lost his wife to cancer just over a year ago. And, now, he’s lost his dog. Ash quit his job as a roofer six years ago to care for his wife, Melanie. Even being his wife’s caretaker, he still continued to serve his community as a volunteer firefighter. The day the wildfires spread to his home, Ash loaded up his 3-year-old dog, Kozi, and went to the firehouse. He dropped Kozi off there where he knew he’d be safe while he went out to evacuate his community.
When Ash returned to the firehouse, Kozi was gone. People saw Kozi dart from the building as the inferno inched closer but they were unable to stop him. As you can imagine, Ash is devastated and he’s refusing to give up his search for his best friend.
“He is the only thing left after my wife’s death, yes, he is my best companion. He is my motivation to wake me up from the morning bed in my depressed days,” Ash told unilad .Co.Uk, he choked tears. “I just hope he is faster than the end of the world. Maybe I just walked less than a few hundred meters, maybe I just glanced at an area, and there are a few houses I have never seen.”
Dreams Went Up In Smoke, But That Can’t Keep Him Down
Ash and his wife are renovating their house, and when the fire steals him from him, he is continuing the project. He now lives in a tent until he can rebuild the house he and Melanie once filled with love and memories.
How a person can overcome so many losses is almost incomprehensible. Ash somehow managed to do this with dignity, honor, and elegance. A person who made so many sacrifices for the people and community he loved finally asked for help. Of course, he wanted to rebuild his house, but the house was empty, without dog kisses and crumbling tails. Any help looking for Kozi is all the support and love Ashcan asks for now. If you are interested in supporting Ash recovery in other ways, please set up GoFundMe with his name.