Habitat has been helping people in the Roaring Fork Valley become homeowners since 2007, and “now we’re looking to establish our own forever home,” said Scott Gilbert, president of the local Habitat.
The project will be about $5.5 million: $2.5 million for buying the land and about $3 million for construction, said Gilbert.
The girls’ parents, Alonzo and Kristina Deadwiler, were selected earlier this year as the recipients of the most recent home built by Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork Valley. The Deadwilers plan to complete their move into their new home in Carbondale’s Keator Grove neighborhood today.
“It’s the best Christmas ever,” Alonzo said.
“It’s our kids’ future. It’s beyond me and Alonzo,” Kristina said.
Dory shattered his leg Dec. 15, 2001, while on active duty at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Largo, Florida. He was chasing a kid who was shooting at cars. He scaled an 11-foot-high fence and broke his leg while jumping down.
Dory, a fit guy who had earlier served in the Israeli military, made it back to the department after four surgeries and intensive physical therapy. But two years after he returned to the Sheriff’s Office, his right leg was broken again, and again it happened in December.