Local Fundraiser Helps Surviving Children of Carbon Monoxide Tragedy
Noah and Karley Mechley Share their Story
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Inside the Other Place Bar in Duluth there were hundreds of people, prizes, pounds of spaghetti and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Glad to know that we have all this support and people that care,” said Noah Mechley.
“Half these people it’s like we don’t know them but we know them,” said Karley Mechley.
Everyone came together to raise money for Noah and Karley.
“Hopefully for their college funds,” said Michael Mechley’s brother Rick Cozzi. “You know if they don’t go to college maybe a new home when they buy a home. “Hang onto it until it does something good for them.”
It’s been a little more than 2 months since tragedy struck the 14 and 15-year-olds.
“I noticed that my dad wouldn’t wake up,” said Noah.
Noah and Karley’s father, 39-year-old Michael and 11-year-old sister Charlene lived their final hours inside a trailer on the 4700 block of 5th Avenue South in Rice Lake Township.
“The generator was under the house and the exhaust from the generator was going up,” said Noah. “A building, is not airtight so it went into the building and we didn’t know and it poisoned our dad and sister.”
Coping with the loss has been a day by day process for the family.
“Scary, kind of hectic, sad,” said Noah.
“It’s been hard, it’s been very difficult,” said Michael’s sister-in-law Renee Cozzi.
“It’s kind of sad knowing that you don’t have your father and sister anymore,” said Karley.
Karley and Noah have since moved in with their mother in Lake Nebagamon.
“We’ve had to make new friends,” said Noah. “Leave everything we ever knew and go out there, big change.”
But on the day of the fundraiser they had more family and support then they knew they had.
“It’s comforting to know that all of these people are here,” said Karley.
Helping to bring them closure and build a brighter future.
“Buy carbon monoxide detectors, that’s what I want to say,” said Noah.
Donations can still be made to the Mechley Children’s Fund at the North Shore Bank in Duluth.