Beloved school worker continues to recover after fire attack in her Pontiac home

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 17:53:58-05

PONTIAC (WXYZ) — Connie Smith still isn't able to talk to doctors and loved ones, but there are times when she is able to nod as she lays in her hospital bed at Detroit Receiving Hospital where she is expected to remain for some time as she recovers from burns to much of her body.

The 53-year-old Pontiac woman is known as Miss Connie at a number of schools where, as a part-time building helper, she is praised for going above and beyond to help the students.

Connie was hospitalized several weeks ago after her boyfriend allegedly threw liquor on her and set her on fire during an argument.

"My whole family is devastated," said Tara Chaney, a teacher at Whitman Elementary where Connie has organized the mobile dentist and other events for the students.

"We just have to keep praying," said Dr. Letha Powell, principal at Whitman.

Connie's brother, Edward Galloway, started a GoFundMe campaign to help Connie as she continues to recover. You can donate to the campaign here.

He wrote the following:

In efforts to assist an amazing person. Connie Smith was involved in a horrific. She was attacked by her boyfriend. He poured alcohol over her and set her on fire. Connie has suffered second and third degree burns over 45% of her body. She will require multiple surgeries. Doctors are expecting her to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. Connie is an awesome mother to Taylor Smith who is currently attending college at Oakland University. She also is very active with the Pontiac School District. She has been over the PTA with different schools within the district. Connie is a person that would extend her hand to help anyone that is in need. During this time, Connie needs our help. She will be down for several months. Please open up your hearts to help assist this wonderful person. Anything is appreciated. From Connie and her family, we thank you and God bless!

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