VFW Post hosts benefit for burn victim of Jay Street fire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The community came out this evening to support Ron Crandall, a resident of 104 Jay St. still recovering from wounds he suffered in that fire on March 6th.

His brother Dave set up a fundraiser at the Schenectady VFW Post 1895 on Draper Avenue, and the turnout was “elbow to elbow” inside.

Crandall is still at the Westchester Burn Unit, and money raised will help pay for his medical bills, and replace some of his possessions lost in the blaze.

Family, friends and strangers showed up for a spaghetti dinner, and to help him rebuilt his life and his spirits.

“It’s just a horrible situation all around,” said Robyn Elwell of Schenectady. “There’s a lot of people affected and Dave is . . . his family is a great family and I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”

VFW members Ann Wilson and her husband Ray were elated about the large turnout for Crandall.

“Oh, it’s elbow to elbow,” she said. “It’s wonderful. Wonderful.”

Her husband added, “As I recall, we’ve never had this many people here for an outing or anything. Not like this!”

If you couldn’t make it out to the fundraiser, you can still donate to the Ron Crandall Fund set up at Pioneer Savings Bank.

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