Sometimes you have to dig really deeply to find that silver lining, but Alvin Becker (John's distant relative) didn't have to dig at all this time, thanks to a good samaritan. The story goes that their neighbor, Randy Stack, somebody they didn't really even know very well, evacuated as the Bastrop wildfires threatened to take his house, but then snuck back to save his home. He slept in his truck at night, and sprayed water on his house and Alvin's during the day. After eight days of not knowing, Alvin and his wife Juanita returned to find their house in tact. Of the 14 houses on their side of the bridge, only four survived. Click here to read the Houston Chronicle's account of this selfless act of courage, compassion and charity.