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Called a 'good Samaritan,' McHenry man now is on the receiving end of help

Friends create GoFundMe.com page to help Voelker family

Praised for helping two stranded motorists, Jeff Voelker is pictured with his wife, Brooke, and their nearly 2-year-old son Zaiden. Having been involved in a single vehicle accident of his own, Jeff Voelker now needs help. His friends have created a GoFundMe.com page for the family.
Praised for helping two stranded motorists, Jeff Voelker is pictured with his wife, Brooke, and their nearly 2-year-old son Zaiden. Having been involved in a single vehicle accident of his own, Jeff Voelker now needs help. His friends have created a GoFundMe.com page for the family.

A McHenry man praised for helping two stranded motorists during a snow storm now needs some help of his own.

Friends of 21-year-old Jeff Voelker of McHenry have created a fundraising page – www.gofundme.com/vsej7qc – for him and his family after a Jan. 29 single-vehicle accident.

Voelker, a contractor for Rise N’ Shine Handyman Services in Woodstock, hit a patch of black ice, lost control of his family’s Volkswagen Jetta and hit a tree in Woodstock. The family, including his wife, Brooke, and their 2-year-old son, Zaiden, could only afford liability insurance on the vehicle.

Jeff Voelker was alone in the car and suffered minor injuries.

“The good thing is he didn’t hit anything else or hurt anyone else,” said his mother Sandy Milinkovic-Voelker of Crystal Lake. “The bad thing is he totaled the car.”

“They are in need of our help to get a new/used car so that they can continue to travel back and forth to work, and care for their family,” the GoFundMe.com page states. “Also, being a young family, it would be wonderful if we could raise enough money to help cover some of the medical bills and a new car seat.”

The fundraiser has a goal of $5,000 with $545 raised as of this past week.

Jeff Voelker drew attention when he pulled over late Jan. 14 to help Darlene Glendale, who had just visited her daughter in the intensive care unit at Centegra Hospital Huntley, and Josh Fay of Ingleside. Both motorists had hit a chunk of road broken off along Route 31 near Rakow Road in Crystal Lake.

The impact had flattened their tires. Jeff not only pulled over to help, he offered both motorists a ride to nearby Wal-Mart to see about getting their rims and tires replaced. When that couldn’t be done that night, he drove them both home.

He then returned the next morning to pick up both motorists, brought them back to their vehicles, rented the supplies needed to tow the cars and took them to get their vehicles fixed.

“My son is that kid who does everything and anything for anyone without a second thought,” his mother said. “He never asks for anything in return.”

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