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The Five-Year-Old Boy Rebuilding West, Texas
The Daily Beast ^ | 5-3-14 | Priscila Mosqueda 

Posted on 05/03/2014 8:32:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

After losing his father to the fertilizer plant explosion that almost destroyed his hometown, Parker Pustejovsky is spearheading the effort to recover—and he’s barely old enough to read.

WEST, Texas — One year ago on April 17, five-year-old Parker Pustejovsky lost his father in the fertilizer plant explosion that wrecked the small Texas town of West. Joey Pustejovsky was one of 10 first responders to die trying to put out the fire that precipitated the blast. It wasn’t long before young Parker declared he would rebuild the city park, stripped bare by the explosion—and he’d do it by selling hot dogs.

Word of Parker’s plan spread quickly in the tight-knit Czech town, known for its famous kolache bakery on Interstate 35 between Austin and Dallas. His grandparents and late father’s friends helped him create Parker’s Park Project and plan the hot dog sale that would raise $83,000 in the course of just a few hours on a July afternoon. Last Saturday, Parker’s Park Project unveiled the preliminary design for the playground and held a silent auction, run by the cast of A&E’s Storage Wars: Texas.

Parker’s grandparents never thought they would raise that much money the first time around, but the real surprise was in the figure itself. Their son Joey, Parker’s father, had been born on August 3, 1983, weighing 8 lbs. and 3 oz. In a deeply religious town that residents insist was touched by God on the night of the explosion—the three schools destroyed in the blast were empty, and only two people died inside buildings, despite the fact that hundreds were either totally obliterated or severely damaged—everyone was sure Joey was there, holding his son’s hand as the little boy traded hot dogs for $2,000 Visa gift cards and $100 bills.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: explosion; fertilizer; park; texas; west
This is such a great story and a great example of what Texas is all about!
1 posted on 05/03/2014 8:32:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: LUV W

My eyes are all watery...


2 posted on 05/03/2014 8:52:12 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Yes, this story had the same effect on me!


3 posted on 05/03/2014 8:58:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

GOD’s mysterious ways. Misty eyed.


4 posted on 05/03/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT by Cats Pajamas
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A boy selling hot dogs? Where are his permits? Wait ti the IRS finds out how much money he made. Did he apply for the proper 501(c) designation?


5 posted on 05/03/2014 10:59:43 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This is such a great story and a great example of what Texas is all about!

Texas, yes. But, more accurately, it's what most small towns are made of.

Remember Greensburg, KS? The small town that was virtually level by an F-5 tornado. There was the same kind of "can do" spirit there.

Places like West and Greensburg are the heart and soul of America -- places that liberals will never understand.

6 posted on 05/03/2014 11:46:55 AM PDT by okie01
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What a wonderful and inspiring story! And it didn’t involve government and no one shut him down!


7 posted on 05/03/2014 1:16:52 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: LUV W

Knowing those Texans from Czechoslovakia, they couldn’t have stooped them.


8 posted on 05/03/2014 1:34:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

So very true!


9 posted on 05/03/2014 1:54:02 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What an uplifting story. Parker, GOD is looking after you and your dad is smiling in heaven.


10 posted on 05/03/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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