FORT ATKINSON, Wis. - In a place like Fort Atkinson, residents are like one big extended family.
"We have such a close-knit community," Danielle Frawley, chief retail officer for Fort Community Credit Union, said.
So when something bad happens, they all feel it.
On Friday at about 10:50 p.m., the Rock County Sheriff's Office responded to a serious accident. Fort Atkinson teens Hannah Church and Samantha Lannan were heading home from a haunted house in Janesville. Church was driving when 28-year-old Robert Frank hit the car head on. The Milton man was driving south in the northbound lanes.
"This is something that's very hard for all of us to understand certainly something that brings all of us concern and pause," Commander Troy Knudson, with the Rock County Sheriff's Office, said. Investigators are still trying to figure out why Frank was on the wrong side of the road. The mistake cost him and Church their lives.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare," Sue Johnson, the president of Fort Community Credit Union said. "I can't imagine what the families are going through."
Johnson didn't know the girls well but knew she and her employees had to offer support.
"This touched the entire community, and our staff came out on Monday and said, 'What can we do?'" Johnson said.
This Friday they'll hold a bake sale and sell yellow ribbons to raise money for the families.
"It's really just a way for our team members to let those emotions out," Frawley said.
Fort Community Credit Union is far from the only group stepping up. Just like a big family, everyone from the Fort Atkinson High's students and staff, to community leaders and business owners are putting their lives on hold and doing what they can to honor their own.
"It's great place to live and if something this tragic is going to happen, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Frawley said.
Lannan is still in the hospital, but Rock County officials said her injuries are no longer life-threatening.
A funeral fund for Hannah Church has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/hannahchurch and a medical bills fund for Sam Lannan is at https://www.gofundme.com/2tcjy7gc.
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