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He Was Hanging Christmas Lights. Then, 'Help Me, Help Me'

$50K raised following Texas father's fatal fall
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2019 1:23 PM CST
Family Was Hanging Christmas Lights When Tragedy Struck
Felipe Gallegos and Alisha Flick are pictured with their son, center.   (GoFundMe)

Nearly $50,000 has been raised for a Texas family who will be missing a beloved member this Christmas. Felipe Gallegos of Rhome was hanging Christmas lights from the roof of a home in Argyle with his 17-year-old son when he fell Saturday. His wife, Alisha Flick, heard a noise from the front yard of the home before finding Gallegos lying on concrete in the backyard, "saying 'help me, help me,'" she tells WFAA. Rushed to a hospital, Gallegos was found to have a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain, in addition to a chest injury. "They rushed him into emergency surgery but he didn't make it," says Flick.

Gallegos ran a window washing business but hung Christmas lights for clients to make extra money in the winter. Flick says she hopes to restart the business without her "goofy" partner as it served as the family's only source of income. In the meantime, the family will have access to the so far nearly $50,000 offered up by more than 500 donors on GoFundMe, per ABC News. "[Felipe] always told me if something ever happened to him that we would be OK, and I didn't believe him. But now I realize that everything's going to be all right," Flick tells WFAA. "I really didn’t realize how much support I even had." (More Texas stories.)

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