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Published March 14, 2011, 10:10 AM

Community rallies around Sergeant Nitschke and his family

Hundreds came out tonight to rally around Sergeant Nitschke and his family. The Sheriff's Office put on a benefit for the family. They prepared for a thousand people. They're lucky that they did.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Authorities are saying little about a fire that destroyed the home of a Sergeant with the Cass County Sheriff's Office. This is video from the February 26th fire that destroyed Sergeant Duwayne Nitschke's home.

The fire is still an open investigation. We asked the State Fire Marshal if any cause has been determined.

He said, "Nothing that we can talk about."

Hundreds came out tonight to rally around Sergeant Nitschke and his family. The Sheriff's Office put on a benefit for the family. They prepared for a thousand people. They're lucky that they did.

Sergeant Duwayne Nitschke is well deserving of a monster party. This was the sight just outside his home 2 weeks ago, the home a complete loss. A week before that, Nitschke found out a gun stolen from his home was used in this armed robbery at the Stop-N-Go in Moorhead. Tonight there was a heart-warming sight. Hundreds came to support him.

SARGENT DUWAYNE NITSCHKE - Cass County Sheriff's Office: "I'm at shock really about what's been happening, the amount of phone calls that I've received, text messages that I've received; its been very overwhelming the support out there that I never even expected."

Everything raised from the freewill donation for food, and the hundreds of items in the silent auction, all will go to the Nitschke family.

"And we're very grateful for that, extremely grateful, but you lost your things, you lost your home, you lost your clothing, you lost your couch, you lost all your personal possessions things that I got from my parents."

The fire didn't get everything; this litter of pups was in the barn just outside Nitschke's home. They'll join him and his family as they start their new life in the same spot. He plans on building a house right where the old one burned down.

"That's been my home for 25 years. It’s been the home of my children for 25 years. My older sons, they want to have a place to come back to. My grandchildren, they need a place to come back to and I'm going back no matter what."

Coordinators estimate about 750 people came out, and they raised around $25,000 dollars.

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