84 Lumber Donates $25K to Help an Arizona Family

When the Salgado family’s Avondale, Arizona home caught fire in the early morning on New Year’s Day, their neighbor came to the rescue and saved their lives. Now, after hearing the heroic story, 84 Lumber, the nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier, is giving the family $25,000 to help them rebuild.

The happy ending would not have happened without Carolyn Palisch. Carolyn, who spent 40 years working as a geriatric nurse and now currently works in a wellness facility, was up early getting ready for work on January 1st. She smelled smoked, then noticed smoke coming from the roof of her neighbor’s house. Carolyn knew the Salgada family had four small children, so she jumped into action.

David and Nicole Salgado, along with their four children and three pets, wouldn’t have made it out in time if it wasn’t for Carolyn, who banged on the door and rang their doorbell until the family woke up and ran outside. The roof collapsed just minutes later. The whole scene was caught on the family’s Ring Doorbell.

“When we heard the Salgado family’s story and how their neighbor heroically saved them, we knew we wanted to help them get back on their feet,” said 84 Lumber President Maggie Hardy Knox. “If anyone understands the importance of ‘home,’ it’s 84 Lumber. We are thankful for the Kelly Clarkson Show for helping us with this exciting surprise and helping the family rebuild their home.”

The Salgados, who are both medical assistants, lost everything in the fire, including the one car they shared to drive to work together and take their kids to school. The family is now squeezed in with their grandparents, and the kids have gone back to virtual learning, until they can figure out their new living arrangement. 84 Lumber hopes their gift will help them move back into their own home soon.

Carolyn has been recognized by the fire department for saving a life. She also appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show to help surprise the family.

To view the full surprise on the Kelly Clarkson Show, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVt_WOE-Jp4.

To learn more about 84 Lumber and follow along with the company’s donations, visit 84lumber.com or follow @84Lumber on social media.


Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s largest privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. The company operates nearly 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in more than 30 states. 84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking and drywall. A certified national women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Knox, 84 Lumber was named by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies in 2018 and 2020, and one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2019. For more information, visit 84lumber.com or join us at Facebook.com/84lumber and linkedin.com/company/84-lumber.

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