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Plano First Responders Raise Money For Widow Of Fire Victim

Dog supplies and $4,000 was raised for Mrs. Hurlbut

Plano first responders came together to offer support to a fire survivor and her loyal canine companion.

On Aug. 18, 2023, the Plano Police Department and Plano Fire-Rescue responded to a house fire in the 6600 block of Biltmore Place. Terry Hurlbut, one of their family dogs named Gracie and their entire home were tragically lost in the fire. The sole survivors were Sandy Hurlbut and her second dog, Jake.

According to Plano police, Sergeant Thornsby was the patrol supervisor on the scene that night, and he hoped to find a way to help. Sergeant Thornsby collaborated with Plano officers and Plano fire personnel to gather financial contributions aimed at aiding Mrs. Hurlbut. Sergeant Thornsby's wife also ordered various essentials for the dog, including a dog bed, a set of bowls, a leash and collar, toys, treats and an automatic dog feeder. 

Officers from Plano PD, personnel from Plano FD and friends of the Thornsby family pitched in to donate to Mrs. Hurlbut. 

“Mrs. Hurlbut has suffered the devastating loss of her husband, home and loving pet,” a statement from Plano police read. “ A GoFundMe account has been established to assist her in her efforts to rebuild. In addition, the family has requested that anyone who wishes to make a donation to their local animal shelter, consider doing so in honor of Gracie.”

On Sept. 3rd, 2023, arrangements were made to meet with the Hurlbut family — Officer Warren, Officer Ansley and Sergeant Thornsby were all in attendance. Mrs. Hurlbut was presented with the donations and gifts.

“Even Jake showed his appreciation for his gifts and rolled upside down, wagging his tail,” police said. “We are incredibly proud of our first responders who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in order to support Mrs. Hurlbut during this difficult time in her life.”

So far, the GoFundMe raised $2,920 — $4,000 was raised in total by the first responders.