It just didn’t sit well — a veteran who’d faced Nazi flak in a B-24 Liberator to defend America facing eviction from public housing — so Chris Murray decided to get involved.
Now Mr. Murray, who serves on Ridgefield’s Board of Education, is in the process of being made a conservator who will oversee 88-year-old Roger McCollester’s finances.
He is starting to raise money for a fund that will pay off debts Mr. McCollester accumulated after falling victim to a scam artist, and ensure the former bomber pilot may remain in his apartment at the Ridgefield Housing Authority’s Congregate Housing on Prospect Ridge.
“Roger’s a friend of mine, and I did not know about his circumstances until I read it online,” said Mr. Murray, who saw a story from the March 15 Ridgefield Press on TheRidgefieldPress.com.
“He is a friend of mine,” Mr. Murray continued. “We had him for Thanksgiving last year, and my son had escorted Roger to the Veterans Day events at East Ridge (Middle School) last fall.
“I decided to intervene, and I met with Roger within days of the article, and Roger agreed, readily so, to my help,” Mr. Murray said.
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Scammed Veteran Gets Help Managing Finances