Fund created for victims of Springfield fire that killed a father and 2 children and displaced 60

Sarno, who spent much of the day helping the victims, thanked a variety of people and organizations including Calvi for his “hands on” approach, city department heads and employees, state public safety officials, the American Red Cross, PVTA, First Student, South End Citizens Council, Paul Picknelly of Hilton Garden Inn, neighborhood residents especially Judy Arrington, Maxine Stein and Deirdre Griffin of Jewish Family Service, Fire and Police Chaplains Rev. Cofield and Father Hamilton, and property ownership and management.

“A very special thanks goes out to my friend Imam Wissam Abdul Baki and his team, who when I called came on our site to play an important and pivotal role, not only in facilitating communication with all the involved families, but just as important allowing us to respect Muslim culture and traditions,” he said.

Six of the families are refugees from Somalia, Myanmar or Congo and some of those were hardest hit by the fire.

“Again, my thoughts and prayers of sympathy and encouragement go out to all the affected families. We will continue to stand with you and by you in your time of need. God Bless,” he said…more: masslive