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Tyler Police Officer Loses Everything In Fire, Co-Workers There To Help

  All they have left are the clothes on their back.
  Thursday, fire engulfed the home of Tyler police officer Randy Vaught.
  Randy's wife is also a retired veteran of the force. Now, the Tyler Police Department is stepping up to help a fellow officer get back on his feet. It's one of a police officers biggest fears. A call over the radio, trouble at their own home.
  "Dispatch called me and told me to call them A.S.A.P," Randy Vaught explained, "and when I did they told me that my house was on fire."
  By the time Randy arrived, his home of 11 years was gone. Friday, Randy stood beside some of the same people he's worked cases with, this time surveying his own lost memories.
  Fire marshals said the blaze began around a big screen television and looks to be electrical. Some of his wife's jewelry and his daughters prom dresses were all that were spared. Even the guns he uses to protect and serve, destroyed by the flames.
Randy's wife, daughter and granddaughter were not at home at the time, something he is thankful for.
  "A lot of the things can be replaced, people can't. People are something that you just can't replace and that's what I'm happy about, is that nobody got hurt."
  But his brothers are there for support. The Tyler Police Department is now the shoulder the Vaught's can lean on.
  "They were literally left with the clothes on their back," said Randy's supervisor, Sergeant Herbert Hayter.
  TPD is leading the fundraising efforts. "The community has really come forward in big numbers making all kind of offers for him," Hayter said. "Anything from clothing, to monetary it's just really come together for its officer."
  Randy is looking to the future, so he and his family can find a new place to call home. Despite the loss, he's thankful for both families. The one that's safe, and the one at work.
  "We'll make it, we'll make it," Randy said with all the support and help we're getting we're going to make it and I do appreciate it."
  The Vaught's home was insured, but they lost all their clothes and belongings. If you would like to help the family, you can make a donation at any Southside Bank in the Vaught's name.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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