A 14-year veteran Sapulpa Police Officer and his family are reeling after losing their home and family pets in a Saturday morning fire, according to a post on the official Sapulpa Police Department Facebook Page.
Officer David Snelson and his family woke up to the sounds of loud explosions, and when they ran downstairs, they found their home filled with smoke and the garage was “fully engulfed in flames.”
Snelson’s wife and daughter were able to escape the blaze, but only carried out a few personal items and the clothes they were wearing, according to the statement. Two family pets died in the fire.
To make matters worse, Officer Snelson reportedly suffered a mild heart attack as a result of the smoke inhalation but has been treated and released from the hospital. Additionally, His wife Shelli has been battling cancer and receiving treatments for the past month, with more coming up.
“… As hard hit as the Snelson family has been, they are forever grateful they were all able to exit the house safely. They are further humbled and grateful by the support of family and friends the night of the fire and continued support, especially during a time when everyone is suffering,” the statement said.
A benefit has been set up in their name at First United Bank to help assist in recovery. To those who are wishing to donate to the Snelson Family in their time of need, you may send donations to the following:
Make checks Payable To:
The Benefit of Snelson Family
Donations may be mailed to First United Bank, delivered to the bank in person, or dropped off at the Sapulpa Police Department.
To Mail Checks:
First United Bank
c/o The Benefit of Snelson Family
PO Box 1290
Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74067
A VENMO account has also been established under “Snelson Family Benefit” for those wishing to donate online.
If you have any questions please contact Sgt. Jolen Boyd at 918-697-6536