Norfolk Fire Department brings Christmas to family in need

Posted at 7:03 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 20:49:03-05

Norfolk - This year was a hard one for the Rankin family.

According to Keith Rankin, he was severely burned by a burglary during a home invasion in October. That incident happened only a few months after he was shot while working as a security guard.

Despite his troubles, Rankin manages to keep a positive attitude, but his injuries have prevented him from working, making a Christmas with gifts for his two young children nearly impossible.

But thanks to Company 10 with the Norfolk Fire Department, the Rankin's were given a Christmas miracle in the form of toys and clothes for their children.

"They are really trying to make the best of a bad situation and they seem like a bit of an underdog to me and I have a heart for that," said Captain Mark George with the Norfolk Fire Department. "They seemed to me that they were put into a situation that was beyond their control and we really wanted to help with that."

While Rankin's young children now have new toys to play with a new outfits, the parents see a moment away from their day-to-day struggles and for that they are eternally grateful to the fire department.

"This is more than what they could have ever asked for."