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Family of 13 Living in Better Conditions Thanks to BPD and Several Volunteers

BROOKSVILLE – Thanks to the benevolence of a few Brooskville Police Officers and other kindhearted members of the community, a family of 13 is now living under much more habitable conditions.

Detective Tracey Schofield with the Brooksville Police contacted RNRF earlier this month to tell us about a large family living in deplorable conditions – many of them children aging in range from 1 to 4 years old.

Schofield couldn’t stand by and do nothing, so he organized an event that took place today at the family’s residence in Brooksville.

Schofield says the family lived in a small house, a trailer, and a tent, where the parents lived, and the property was cluttered with old tires and other debris.

Scholfield says, Brooksville police officers, firefighter, along with citizens, business owners and Hernando High School Students completed a huge step in this effort by cleaning up the property.

Two dumpsters were filled with trash and three huge roll-off dumpsters were loaded with old tires.

Next weekend some much needed siding is going on the house and in the near future the house will be painted.

“The Brooksville police department is very proud of our cities generosity and would like to thank all of the volunteers and businesses who donated their time, money and love to help make today’s event a great success,” says Schofield.

The following businesses and individuals donated their time and products to help with today’s event:

  • Advantage Waste Service provided a large dumpster to help with the cleanup efforts.
  • Hernando Mosquito control treated the large property for the millions of mosquitos on the property in abandoned tires and they created a County Amnesty day to remove tires
  • A-Ready Roofing is putting a new roof on the house this week or next week
  • Karl Wolf Contracting is putting new wood siding around the house to repair damage from termites next week
  • Mark Kelly Pest Control is tenting the home for termites and reinsulating the underneath of the house next week or the week after
  • Land O Lake recycling is donating roll off dumpsters and hauling over 400 tires away from the property on February 24, 2018
  • Republic Garbage Services is donating a dumpster for February 24, 2018 to remove a large amount of trash
  • Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is providing trustees / inmates to help load the tires into trailers
  • Resident Tony Reeves is donating his time and equipment for the February 24, 2018 clean up
  • Students of Hernando High school are volunteering for the February 24, 2018 clean up
  • Express Lube of Hernando County did repair work on the families vehicle
  • Sam’s Towing of Brooksville towed the family vehicle from the house to Express Lube
  • Brooksville WaWa donating water for the clean up event
  • Rory Steele, Owner of the Little Lady Restaurant is donating food and gloves for the clean up event
  • Hernando Christian Academy donating a bus to transport volunteers to the site

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  • I was starting to remember why I moved away from hernando county with the first comments y’all who attacked the family should be effing ashamed of yourselves! Not everyone is so lucky as you high and mighty perfect people. You better pray nothing bad happens to you because cause you may be the one needing help one day and the universe doesn’t forget.
    Judge not lest you be judged. You don’t know if these people were born into this life living like that. Most people who are would not let outsiders come in and help. There are many properties with families living like that through out the county. Those of you who live in your 2 story Miranda homes ( cheaply built by the way) or have the money to pay landscapers and maid services to come and do it all for you.
    The meek shall inherit the earth.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:54 am
  • This great and all but what about our homeless living in the woods? Can’t we do something for them instead of people who did it to themselves?

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 6:57 pm
    • Not until the homeless acquire at least 200 tires

      Monday, 26 February 2018, 11:34 pm
  • Just curious as to why no mention of the family, at least pictures.

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 12:28 pm
  • First thing is birth control and if you can’t support them then don’t have them with all those people they should keep there own place decent how many are we the people supporting state aid and 2000.00 in food stamps no remorse here pat z

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 11:18 am
    • There is no excuse for that much hoard. My slogan is a mess is a accumulation of one’s laziness

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 12:51 pm
    • Listen Pat Zit face, most ppl that get assistance are working ppl that need help with food plus Zit-face you’re not supporting anyone so STFU’ !! 😡

      Friday, 2 March 2018, 7:28 am
  • It’s not possible to have 13 kid’s from ages 1to 4 so wondering how many parents live on this property? And if the family made no effort to keep it clean prior it’s going to end up just like that again.

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 10:18 am

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:46 am
  • Great story Tom and BPD <3

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:13 am
  • Marooned, have you no compassion??? NOT DEFENDING this couple, BUT maybe this is what today’s society calls a BLENDED FAMILY. Children might be from previous marriages, etc. OR some religions don’t believe in birth control. WHY NOT BE THANKFUL FOR THE VOLUNTEERS AND A UPBEAT STORY ABOUT NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR???

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:03 am
  • Soooo…. All of you casting stones must live in glass houses, correct?

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 7:19 am
  • Nice to see a doing good story. Proud of HHS, BPD, and local businesses.

    Sunday, 25 February 2018, 12:58 am
  • nice to see people come together to help a family in need of assistance. Great job BPD.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 11:14 pm
  • This is a great thing that happened. People fall on hard times and the community helps. That is how it should be. I pray the family gets back on their feet and God bless all that helped. People go crazy posting when bad things happens, but no comment on the good. People should be cheering this behavior on.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 10:30 pm
  • Never heard of condoms I’m guessing

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 10:08 pm
    • If you can’t say something nice,say nothing at all. Great job by all those involved.It would be great if everyone had this kind of community spirit!!!

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 6:00 am
  • Nice to read some good news

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:50 pm
  • Someone should donate birth control. Many of them 1 to 4. Living like that??

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:48 pm
    • Faith, SERIOUSLY???? YOUR MOM MISNAMED YOU!!! You and marooned need to step off the condom/birth control train. CONDOMS AND BIRTH CONTROL WILL NOT HELP NOW. Maybe these folks have MEDICAL ISSUES we know nothing about. Be grateful for a happy story line. Better yet , you and marooned donate your time, some food or toiletry items. BE PROACTIVE !!! IT MIGHT BE YOU ONE DAY THAT NEEDS HELP.

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:16 am
    • Faith YOU SUK!!!

      Friday, 2 March 2018, 7:33 am
  • This is a GREAT story. Hats off to all the volunteers, businesses and officers that are making a life changing thing happen for this family. And a big thank you to Tom for bringing us this very newsworthy story that I am sure other media did not cover. Nice Job!

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:22 pm
  • Would absolutely love to donate my time to help who can I contact!

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:05 pm
    • Michela Mensch, call Detective Tracey Schofield at Brooksville Police Dept. I’m sure your help would be appreciated and the Detective is the person who got the ball rolling on this.

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:21 am
  • What a wonderful, heartwarming thing they are doing for these people. God bless you all.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 8:48 pm
  • Nice to see BPD detectives helping families instead of wrecking them.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 8:46 pm
  • This is what departments should be doing. Not only organizing, but bringing together a community. Especially in such a small community such as brooksville, the police department and the fire department have to set the example and follow their moral judgement on being a civil servant to the community they protect. Kudos to those who actually stand to make a difference and impact lives in a positive way

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 8:43 pm
  • What an encouraging story. This just goes to show you that not all people are ONLY into the “politics” of Hernando County. Each and every one of the volunteers are to be commended as well as all of the businesses that contributed their time and financial assistance to help this Family. I am sure that the Family are going to be living in a much better situation than they were living and I know they too, will appreciate everyone’s efforts. This gives me hope that at least we have neighbors who are willing to help those than have less than them.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 8:39 pm
    • yes Joane,you are right on!!! nice to here good news!!!

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 3:25 pm

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