Volunteers show up to help family who lost son in fire

CREATED Feb 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Fire nearly destroyed their home and took the life of their young son, and now volunteers are helping a veteran's family get back on their feet.

The volunteers were out at the home all day Monday helping Miguel Quintanilla’s parents salvage what they could from their home, helping them deal with the loss of their son.

It's something positive the Graf family is trying to stay focused on right now.

Tremayne Graf is Miguel Quintanilla's uncle. The seven-year-old died after his home caught fire just over a week ago. Graf fought back tears as volunteers helped his family salvage what they could.

“There are no words that can describe the damage and heartache I'm feeling from losing my nephew,” he said.

It was also an emotional day for Quintanilla's parents who were here. The two Navy veteran's had no insurance. They were too shaken up to talk as they returned to their house.

“I just want to help other military veterans,” said Heather Antoniewicz, a volunteer.

Antoniewiecz doesn't know Quintanilla's parents. She's here because of an unspoken bond the two share.

“Me and Eva [Quintanilla’s mother] are both Navy veterans, both female,” she said. “I could relate to her being a mother.”