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GURNEE, Ill. -Betty Fallos, head teller at the $158 million Community Trust Credit Union here, never once sought out the publicity but sure enough her story of transporting an evacuee family of five from Mississippi and housing them in her home caught the attention of CUs across the state. “We are all humbled and proud of what she has done,” said her boss, John J. Bratsakis Jr., president/CEO. It seems that Fallos and her husband, Elmer, know something about experiencing disaster when their home on the Des Plaines River in this far northern Chicago suburb was severely damaged by flooding in May 2004. “We knew what that family was going through,” said Fallos. After reading about Katrina victims and making local arrangements through a Brookhaven, Miss. church, her husband decided “we had to do our part,” said Betty. On his own, Fallos, service manager for a Libertyville, Ill. car dealer, drove to a church shelter in the Mississippi community. Sept. 8 to pick up the Picayune family – parents and three youngsters, 7, 5 and 3-bringing them back to Gurnee four days later. The Fallos’ have three of their own including one away at college so space was made available to the Mississippi family “and now they like it here and plan to resettle in the Chicago area,” said Bettty adding “the father who is an auto mechanic doesn’t know it yet but I think we may have found him a job.” “Once the staff learned of what Betty and her family were doing everyone in the credit union began providing needed items such as clothes, diapers, food and other supplies,” said Bratsakis, the CEO. Other CU managers and the Community Trust board “are now providing not only supplies but also cash,” said Bratsakis. Betty said she and her husband helped the family out “not because we were seeking any praise” adding “I did have a call from the Chicago Sun Times asking for an interview but I said no” citing a request by the Mississippi family for anonymity. “In addition to what the credit union family has provided, people in the community have been overwhelming in their support helping the family find schools so they can settle in their new environment,” said Bratsakis. [email protected]

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