Fallen Marine's Family Offered Mobile Home

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

The family of fallen Marine Jeremy Long may have a new place to call "home."

Lemmon Valley resident Colleen Martin said she's buying a new mobile home to put on her lot and wants to donate the old one to Long's family.

"You know I believe we're all here to take care of each other, and if we can do that it's an honor, to be able to help somebody like that, that's how it feels to me," Martin said.

Just months after 18-year-old Lance Corporal Jeremy Long was killed in Iraq, his family's Sun Valley mobile home was gutted by an electrical fire.

Long's mother, Kathy Hamilton, said she was overwhelmed by the donation. Hamilton, some of Jeremy's other relatives, and close friends of the family toured the mobile home Wednesday.

It was a gift Jeremy's brother said he never expected. "Just a big thing and everything that's just been happening, (I) didn't really expect a lot," Zach Long said.

Jeremy's mother said she wants to thank the community. "They responded with Jeremy... it's just amazing, this community's amazing," Hamilton said.

Hamilton and Martin hugged. Both women have faced tragedy in their lives. Martin's sister, Jennifer Lee Martin, disappeared at age 11 in 1987 after going to a Lemmon Valley convenience store.

Jeremy Long's family is not sure yet if they will accept Martin's gift. The family doesn't have a lot to put the mobile home on, or a way to move it.

Donations for the family can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.

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