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Parents of fallen soldier get home makeover

(Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)

A northern Kentucky community is now rallying around the family of a fallen soldier.

Organizers say it's the least they could do for the parents of Russell Madden, after their son payed the ultimate price in Afghanistan.

However, work on the project has stalled due to a lack of help.

Up until the time Russell Madden joined the Army he lived in the modest 2-story house in Bellevue with his parents.

As a matter of fact, Russell's father, Martin, grew up in this house which hasn't seen very many renovations since it was built around 1900 so like Barrett, who renovated Keith Maupin's house, decided the Maddens needed a makeover.  

Barrett say the Maddens had only asked for their upstairs bathroom to be remodeled.

“But when I got to the bathroom the bathtub was halfway through the floor already,” Barrett said.

The renovation project soon included the entire house which Barrett says pales in comparison to what the Madden's had to give up.

“So instead of going in and just giving some Russell gave all. He gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Barrett said.

Russell's father, Martin, takes it upon himself to make sure roadside markers honoring our fallen heroes have fresh flags and yellow ribbons, he's never asked for anything in return so when he found out he was getting a badly needed house makeover he says he was practically speechless.

“It's just so wonderful to live in an area where people and companies are just so generous and giving and appreciative of what we go through every day, you know, with the loss of our son,” Martin said.

The Kirkwood Sweeper Shop installed a central vacuum cleaner system in the Madden home and company owner Bob Kirkwood says it's the least he could do. 
“It's easy for us to do that. He made the ultimate sacrifice so we love to help his family out." Kirkwood said.

Barrett says the project could use some carpenters and skilled craftsmen.

“Siding contractors, drywallers, hangers and finishers and then we're also needing concrete guys that will also do flat work and tile layers,” Barrett said. 
Barrett hopes to have this project complete by mid-August. The big reveal will include neighbors, contractors and everyone who pitched in and all he needs to do to make it happen is a little bit of help.

Anyone who wants to help can contact Mike Barrett at (513)557-8727 or you can email him at Anyone who wants to make a financial donation to the project can stop by any 5th 3rd branch and make a contribution in the name of the Madden 2015 makeover.

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