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Disaster Destroys Hammondville Police Chief’s House Again

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Hammondville police chief lost his home to a disaster for the third time since 2010.

Thomas Fuller was on duty when a phone call informed him that his house was on fire.

"This is his third house to lose in the past three years.  The first one was a house fire, and the second was the April [2011] tornadoes," Valley Head Police Chief Bryan Phillips said.

"It was blown away [April 27]," which also happens to be Chief Fuller's birthday.

"It's tragic for him, and it would be for anybody," Chief Phillips said.

"We're just trying to come together and help him out all we can in this hard time."

One of Thomas Fuller's friends, Joey Smith, said Fuller would do anything to help anyone.

Smith said Fuller is one of those people who would give you the shirt off his back, but the only set of clothes he had left after the fire was the police uniform he had on for his shift.

"Nice guy, I really do like him," Chief Phillips said.

"We work well together.  He helps us, and we likewise help him out."

The Valley Head chief said he's working with the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police to help Chief fuller start over, and folks in the area can make donations as well.

"An account's been set up at the Citizens Bank in Valley head, the Thomas Fuller Fund, and anyone that wants to make a donation to that can contact the Valley Head bank and do so there," Chief Phillips said.