Oklahoma community rallies to help Perry police officer after fire destroys his home

Perry police officer Jeremy Gass' house burned down Dec. 30 after he returned home from a 12-hour shift. He lost his dog and all his possessions.
by Adam Kemp Published: January 7, 2013
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Fire investigators said they are unsure what started the fire, which Gass said makes the situation more frustrating.

Fund established

Supporters set up an Officer Gass Relief Fund at Exchange Bank in Perry for donations. Gass said it's tough for him to seek help from people.

As an officer, he feels like he should be the one helping others, he said.

“It's hard to even let people help because that's what I do for my job,” Gass said. “I don't want anyone to see me like this. The support has been great, and you realize how much you really need help and friends when you're down.”

Gass said he's staying with a friend in town while he looks for a new place to live. He might return to work this week if a twisted ankle he suffered in the fire is healed.

When he does return, Gass said he will remember all the good will shown to him and try to pay it forward.

“It's something I'll use for the rest of my life as far as my job goes,” Gass said. “That understanding and being there for others, it really does make a difference.”


by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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It's something I'll use for the rest of my life as far as my job goes. That understanding and being there for others, it really does make a difference.”

Jeremy Gass,
Perry police officer

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