Good Samaritans and generous neighbors from around the nation? Yes, and yes.
“David Henneberry, the man who found the Boston bomber suspect in his backyard, received an outpouring of support over the last week. In a viral fundraiser, more than $50,000 was raised to replace his beloved boat ‘Slip Away II’ that was destroyed during the police standoff,” reports Ajay Mehta, spokesman for Crowdtilt, an online effort to help the boat owner, and other causes.
“The fundraiser was started by Craig Dunlap, a Texas native who simply was asking friends to help out a fellow boat lover. The boat manufacturer Boston Whaler stepped in and gave a sizable donation to help reach the fundraising goal,” he says.
The suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, was found hiding in the boat after a massive manhunt, in the backyard of the home in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 22-foot pleasure cruiser was hit by flash-bang grenades and bullets, and sprayed with blood during the events.
And Dave Henneberry himself? When the fundraiser got underway last week, the 65-year-old told local radio outlet WCVB, “I would wish that they donate it to the One Fund Boston. They lost limbs. I lost a boat…It makes me feel wonderful that people are thinking like that, but it’s a boat. I got a canoe in the garage.”
Things are looking better.
“Thanks to a family contact, I received a call from David tonight. Let me tell you all, this is one of the most humbled and appreciative man I have ever spoken with,” says Jeffrey Griffeth, who founded the Facebook site that rallied many of the donors (facebook.com/davesnewboat).
“He was truly moved on the outpouring of support from here in the US and around the world and was at a loss of words a few different times but wants to thank everyone for their support,” Mr. Griffeth adds. “I myself have been humbled after speaking with him, it was a serious undertaking trying to make this happen.”