BYRON, Ill. (WTVO) — The Byron community gathered together on Tuesday to honor a mother of five who lost her life while trying to save others during a house fire.
A candlelight vigil took place in front of Marlana McFarland’s home at 7 p.m. The 36-year-old died outside her neighbors’ front yard on W. 3rd Street Saturday morning after a power line fell and sparked an electrical fire.
Family members, friends and co-workers were all on-hand. One friend said that McFarland set an example that everyone should follow.
“Just wanted to honor her and do anything I could do to help out, and I just greatly appreciate the town coming together,” said Sally Palen. “I hope everybody sees just how an incredible person she was. She was beautiful inside and out, she always wanted to help others. We just need more good people like her in the world.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to help McFarland’s family. More than $4,800 has been raised so far.
There is also a fundraiser to help with meals for her five kids, including an infant.