Dad dies after fall while hanging Christmas lights with son

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ARGYLE, Texas (CNN) — A north Texas community is grieving after a man fell from a roof while hanging Christmas lights Saturday.

Felipe Gallegos was putting up lights on the roof of this home Saturday night.

His wife Alisha Flick and their 17-year-old son were in the car in the front.

Flick said, “We heard a loud noise and I got out and went over to the side of the house, and he was laying on the concrete, saying ‘help me, help me.'”

Gallegos was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture and brain bleed.

“My son kept saying, dad if it hurts just squeeze my hand. And he squeezed my son’s hand, and then all of a sudden, he quit breathing,” Flick said.

He was rushed into emergency surgery but didn’t survive.

Now his wife and son are trying to make sense of life without him.

“I think that’s the hardest part for me, is seeing him struggle with it,” she said.

Together, the family ran a business washing windows during the year and hanging Christmas lights in the winter.

On top of his work, Flick says Gallegos went above and beyond for his family and friends.

“It didn’t matter what time or where, he was always there to help somebody,” she said.

That kindness now being returned.

The community has raised more than 40-thousand dollars for the family, In just two days.

Flick says Gallegos did promise her, if something ever happened to him, they’d be ok.

Alisha Flick: “With everybody who’s reached out and all the support we’ve gotten, I just tell myself he was right, we’re going to be ok. Everything is going to work out.”

The flick family does plan to continue the window-washing side of their business.

But they do not think they can hang Christmas lights any more.

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