MADISONVILLE, Texas -- A 911 dispatcher in Madison County recently answered a call from her daughter, who was calling 911 to report that their house was burning.
Layla Wray was working an overnight shift when her 14-year-old daughter called to say the fire began on a back porch.
Wray maintained her composure, during the call early Saturday, and told the teen to remain calm and that firefighters were on the way.
Wray's daughter, son and husband were not hurt but the home was destroyed.
Her only moment of agitation came when her children starting bickering and she told them to stop.
Madison County Sheriff Travis Neeley issued the following statement on social media:
"On behalf of the entire staff and the Layla Wray family, we would like to extend our most deepest sincere thank you to all the community and people that have come forward with contributions and donations to help a family in need.
As most of you know, Layla Wray an Emergency Communications Operator here at Sheriff's Office, lost everything they owned except the clothes they were wearing the night of January 7th, 2017 in their house fire.
The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. It is so heartwarming to see that kind of support for one of our own. I cannot find the words to express our gratitude and appreciation to all who have made their recovery possible.
Thank You and May God Bless You All!"
As of Thursday afternoon, more than $12,000 had been raised for the Wrays through a GoFundMe page. According to the page's organizer, the family will use the funds to "replace clothing and hygiene products first." The family will use the remaining money toward paying for a new home.