“We never expected anything like this,” Helen said. “When you’re young you don’t think about things like that [war medals], but as you get older, you appreciate them more.”
The fire was good for one thing, though, Bailey said. While recovering from his injury, he had been using a wheelchair to get around. But the fire burned and destroyed that wheelchair.
“It’s a lucky thing that fire burned the wheelchair,” he said. “I never went back to it again.”
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