Community donates thousands to Josephine Co. Deputy that lost home and pets in fire

JOSEPHINE CO., Ore — The Williams community came together for a beloved Josephine County Sheriff Deputy and his family after they lost their home and two cats to a house fire.

The go-fund me for Sheriff Deputy Shane Simon and his family was started on Monday with a goal of $10,000. When the page closed on Wednesday, the fundraiser ballooned to more than $11,000.

“[Deputy Simon] envelops the community,” Julie Vetter who is a firefighter and deputy clerk with the Williams Fire Department said on Simon. ” He has such a good reputation here and we’re so proud of him.”

The Williams Rural Fire Protection District held their monthly coffee with the Chief event Wednesday. They presented a $5,000 check for Deputy Simon who was not in attendance due to personal reasons. The county’s undersheriff accepted it on his behalf.

Deputy Simon released a statement regarding the donations, and said they are blessed to be part of the Williams community.

“Our family is already starting to rebuild but it will be a long process,” Deputy Simon said. “Our hearts are full with the outpouring of community support and it is what has given us hope during a dark time. My family are citizens and members of Josephine County Strong and we have felt it. Thank you all.”


Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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