(Topeka-KS)--One family is struggling with the cleanup of their loved ones apartment after Wednesday mornings fire at The Pines. The cleanup efforts have been challenging because their loved one is overseas in Iraq serving as a military nurse.
Fr the Schwalm family it was hard enough when Debbie left for war, now they dig through her belongings just wishing she could be here.
It's been a long 5 months for Debbie’s family since she left for war and now a sleepless three days as they cleanup from her apartment fire.
"It's been rough but I know it's been rougher on her," Debbie’s mom Marilyn Schwalm said.
“We’ve been corresponding back and fourth with Debbie and trying to tell her what's going on and help her to rest assure that we're trying to get it figured out, It's hard when it's not our stuff."
Going through Debbie’s things is not only hard for that reason but it also brings up memories they made as a family.
"It's been hard, we keep telling her to keep her chin up and we have to keep ours up too; keep faith."
A long distance message from them to her sister to her, “ We love you, we miss you, everything is going to be okay we're getting it figured out for you so it will be all right."
Debbie is due back to return by the first of the year, meantime her things will be put in storage.