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Colleagues rally to help Edmond firefighter extinguish doubts about family's future

Edmond firefighter John Werhun was emotional when he learned his co-worker, fellow firefighters and strangers want to help his family. Werhun has had cancer for nearly five years.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: April 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013

Keeping families safe

Werhun was concerned about his family's future.

Dispatchers decided Werhun had helped keep their families and others in Edmond safe, so it was time to do something for him.

“I absolutely refuse to let John's last thoughts be ones that question if his family will be OK when he is gone,” Martin said. “Being a firefighter is a tough, selfless job requiring sacrifices every day.

“He has served us for years; it is time we return the favor.”

Dispatchers are taking pledges to help the Werhun family. They are asking people to offer to help the family whether it is mowing the yard, cooking a special meal or changing the oil in their cars. Martin has pledged to pay for a prom dress for one of Werhun's daughters.

“God has given us all special skills and abilities to make some sort of difference for them,” Martin said.

Dispatchers Jessica Brown and Jessica Spurgeon have joined Martin with other ways to raise money for the Werhun family. They are selling black and red bracelets for $3 or a donation. They also have set up The Werhun Family Fund, and donations can be made at any Citizens Bank. To help, email Andrew.martin@edmondok.com; Jessica.brown@edmondok.com or Jessica.spurgeon@edmondok.com.

“We want to make sure John has a peace of mind that the community is taking care of his family,” Brown said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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