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Vietnam veteran loses trailer home in Carr Fire, one man works to help him start over

78- year old Walter Sutton, a Vietnam veteran lost his trailer home he was living in on Keswick Road when the fire swept through neighborhoods in Shasta County.

78- year old Walter Sutton, a Vietnam veteran lost his trailer home he was living in on Keswick Road when the Carr Fire swept through neighborhoods in Shasta County.

Chuck Roberson, the property owner where Walter had his trailer knew he had to do something to help him.

"I kind of have adopted him as my adopted grandfather," Roberson said of Sutton. "To see the smile on his face, knowing he has a place to live is what makes it worth it to me."

And that is what Roberson hoped for two months ago in November when he presented to Sutton another trailer, donated free of cost and to continue to stay on his property rent-free.

In addition, Roberson helped Sutton with the permits, paperwork and then reached out to a community volunteer group, United Shasta for help with donations of items.

"He [Chuck] joined our Facebook page and made a couple posts about Walter and items and the help he needed and so that was it. We came out and figured out what he needed, start posting on the page and got donations, "Robert Balke, member of United Shasta said.

Sutton said he was overwhelmed with joy, appreciation, and gratitude to those in the community came to his aid.

"Men and women, their wives and husbands have helped me up here, have brought me things. 99 percent of what I have was brought to me," Sutton said. "I can't tell them thank you enough because they probably saved my life. My other option was the streets. I didn't know Redding had such a heart."

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