Sheriff's deputy loses everything in fire

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man who makes a living helping those who need it most now needs help himself. Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Mickey Powell and his wife Rhonda lost almost everything they owned in a weekend mobile home fire in the Hurley community. As Doug Walker reports, they are now working hard to try and pick up the pieces of their lives.

They barely got out alive, with Mickey carrying his wife to safety because she had recent knee surgery.

There's only one way to describe how they feel.

"Shock, hurt. I feel like I'm in a nightmare and I can't wake up," Rhonda said.

But Mickey said they also have something that can't be bought in a store.

"To have life, especially with the wife that you've been married to for 28 years. To be able to be here for my children and my grandchildren, that means everything in the world to me," Mickey said.

While the Powell's lost virtually everything they owned in the Saturday afternoon fire, the one thing they cherished the most--a photo album was found relatively unscathed.

Rhonda recalled that moment.

"Somebody brought the photo to me and said, 'Look, Miss Rhonda, here is your photo of your wedding,' and I just broke down and said thank-you Lord that that was salvaged," Rhonda said.

Friends and neighbors have come to the family's aid, helping to clean up the mess and salvage anything that might be saved. It's not much, in fact, it all fits into a car.

But the family is determined to start over again, making new and even better memories.

"We'll get back," Mickey said. "It's going to take some time, but we'll get there."

If you'd like to help out the family in their recovery efforts, an account has been set up under the Powell name at any First Federal Savings and Loan branch in Jackson County.

Officials still don't know what caused the fire.

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