Benefits to aid teen burned in Strasburg fire
BY CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent
Emelie Good, 18, left her mark on the Lampeter-Strasburg High School basketball and soccer teams before graduating in June 2012.
Called "mother" by her friends because she is always helping people, Good enjoys going to the beach with friends in her Mitsubishi convertible.
After high school, she began studying finance at Harrisburg Area Community College, with hopes of becoming a certified public accountant.
But today, Good has her eyes on a more immediate goal -- recovering from second-, third- and fourth-degree burns she received in a Jan. 26 fire in Strasburg.
And her family, friends and community are rallying around her, setting up a fund to help with medical expenses and organizing special events.
Donations can be sent to the Emelie Good Benefit Fund at PNC Bank, 3 Kennedy St., Lancaster, PA 17602.
Good also will be the beneficiary of a spaghetti dinner and a soccer tournament later this month.
The dinner will be held Saturday, March 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg. Tickets at the door will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Takeout will be available from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Two weeks later, the Emelie Good Benefit Soccer Tournament will be held on March 3 at Red Rose Indoor Arena, 3549 Hempland Road. Tournament organizers are looking for 13- and 14-year-old boys' and girls' teams, as well as individuals who would like to participate. For more information, call John Nicklas II at 371-2715.
Emelie Good lives with her parents in Lampeter and was visiting her boyfriend, Hunter Mentzer, in Strasburg when the fire broke out early on Jan. 26, her mother said.
Both were trapped inside the Miller Street home and were rescued by firefighters.
Julie Good credited Lampeter firefighters Jacob Miller and Adam Ebersole with saving her daughter's life. The two firefighters went through the house on hands and knees in thick, dark smoke and found Mentzer first, then Good, and carried them out of the house through a window.
Good and Mentzer were taken to Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where Mentzer, 19, was treated for two-and-a-half weeks before being released.
A 2011 Lampeter-Strasburg graduate, Mentzer is now better, but still sore from his injuries, he said.
Good, meanwhile, was burned on more than 30 percent of her body, including her back, hands and feet.
Mentzer said he visits Good every other day and would visit even more if he could afford the gas. Julie Good said she and her husband, Randy, visit their daughter daily.
Julie Good said Emelie has stayed positive through the healing process, which includes painful dressing changes and physical therapy twice each day. Emelie, who was to have her fifth surgery Tuesday, already has undergone 20 hours of surgery, her mother said.
Emelie had hoped to return home by the couple's first anniversary of dating, which Mentzer said is March 26. But she realized her goal might not be realistic when doctors told her that her stay would last two to four months.
Good has not let the situation dampen her spirits. Mentzer said he always finds her happy when he visits, even when she hurts.
"She is a very positive girl," he said.
Friends and family jumped into action as soon as they heard the news. Area churches have Good on their prayer lists, fundraisers were organized and students at Lampeter-Strasburg High School took up a collection.
Mentzer said the fundraisers are for Good. He said his family and friends have helped him financially, and he has shared those resources with Emelie.
With two semesters at HACC completed, Mentzer was not able to take classes this semester. He is studying criminal justice with the goal of becoming a police officer. He also works for a beer distributor in Quarryville and enjoys football and basketball.
Since the fire, Mentzer has moved to a home off White Oak Road. He said his family, which owns the Miller Street home, estimates that repairs will be completed in about eight months.
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