Community pitches in to buy arson victim a new car

Grants Pass, Ore. — Each morning Jed Wytcherly starts his job the same way, prepping fresh ingredients for the day’s meals at Rogue Valley retirement community in Grants Pass.

“I look forward to coming to work,” Wytcherly says.

But on a Monday in early September, Jed’s normal schedule was interrupted by the unexpected.

“I happened to glance out the window and I saw a fire happening,” he recalls. “My car was parked by the fire. It was so close that it melted the whole passenger side of my car.”

Wytcherly would later learn the tree and shrubbery next to his car caught fire due to arson. When it was all said and done, his car was left charred and unsafe to drive. He desperately needed a new one.

“I knew I couldn’t afford it at that time,” he says.

Residents at Rogue Valley retirement community took matters into their own hands.

We just thought he needed help,” says Donna Brooks, who lives at the retirement home. “He is part of our family.”

News about Wytcherly’s misfortune spread fast and before long cash donations were being made. One by one resident’s pitched in raising about $1,000 toward a new car for their friend.

“I was very much surprised,” says Wytcherly. “I Didnt expect it at all.”

After a generous deal from Liberty Automotive he is now back on the road with a new set of wheels.

“2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Black, it’s got tinted windows, low miles, has a cd player,” Wytcherly says with pride.

“I am so grateful because without them [Rogue Valley retirement community] this would have never happened.”

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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