The Arkansas physician, whose moving photo of him greeting his one-year-old son by a window, went viral during the coronavirus pandemic, has now destroyed his home in a tornado.
A picture of Dr. Jared Burk’s meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared more than 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook last week by the doctor’s wife, Alyssa.
She said that Dr. Burks was away from his family for two weeks while working in a hospital and seeing his son crawl through the door for the first time when the photo was taken.
On Sunday, Alyssa told her friends that the childhood home where her husband was staying was destroyed in a tornado ripped through Jonesboro on Saturday.
Alyssa wrote, “We are all safe. Our house is gone. Jared was inside, but he survived by the grace of God. Zeke and I were at my mom’s house. Please pray for us as we start picking up the pieces. ‘
A GoFundMe because the young family has raised more than $ 30,000 since Sunday morning. It says, “They will need help picking up the pieces so they can find another place to live, collect their stuff, rebuild, while Jared works and fights for those who may be endangered.”
A picture of Dr. Jared Burk’s meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared over 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook last week by the doctor’s wife, Alyssa
The childhood home, where her husband was staying, was destroyed in a depicted tornado, which was ripped through Jonesboro on Saturday
Sharing the moving picture of her son and husband on March 25, Alyssa writes, “Look who we finally got to see today! I’m not going to pretend that I wasn’t roaring like a baby when he left to go back to work.
“We miss him, but we do what we have to do. Count your blessings. That is what leads us through this! ‘
She said ABC7: “He’s currently working in a rotation that has him all over the hospital, including the emergency room, and he just felt it would be our responsibility to quarantine each other.
“As soon as he saw his father, he just ran to the door. It was on the glass because I think he wanted to hold it, so it was sad, it was cute, but it was really heartbreaking because it is difficult. ‘
The tornado ripped northeastern Arkansas on Saturday, injuring six people after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro.
The six injured reported being taken to a local hospital with small juries, Jonesboro E-911 director Jeff Presley said. The tornado wreaked havoc at the Mall at Turtle Creek and Jonesboro Municipal Airport.
Alyssa said that Dr. Burks had been away from his family for two weeks and saw his son crawling through the door for the first time when the photo was taken. The family is depicted together
Like the rest of the world, Jonesboro is working to combat the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, most stores at the Mall at Turtle Creek were closed on Saturday to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The bad weather could have been much worse, if not, Presley said.
“At five o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, that place would have been full and there was hardly anyone at the time,” Presley said. “It’s a blessing in disguise.”
Parts of the city had power outages, affecting the city’s traffic lights. Wrecks thrown through the twister also blocked roads. The mayor issued at 7 p.m. curfew and authorities asked people not to drive around.
The storm also derailed a train, Presley said. Crews investigated damage and tried to determine if anything dangerous had been taken there.
The National Weather Service tweeted a video from the Arkansas Department of Transportation showing a large tornado falling from the clouds in Jonesboro.
U.S. representative Rick Crawford, who represents much of eastern Arkansas, said on Twitter that a tornado ripped through “the heart of the city” and asked for prayers for first responders. Crawford said his staff and family were safe.
A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado hit Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas
A vehicle is upside down after a tornado Saturday at Jonesboro Municipal Airport
Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University. The university tweeted that the campus was not damaged.
Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma warned that a major weather outbreak was possible for much of the central United States later on Saturday.
The National Weather Service reported other possible tornadoes in Illinois and Iowa on Saturday.