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Local Family Reunited After 20 Years

A local family was reunited after 20 years, after a woman tuned in to Action News Now's coverage of the Camp Fire.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 7:41 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2018 10:18 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A local family was reunited after 20 years, after a woman tuned in to Action News Now's coverage of the Camp Fire.

Laverne Johnson, of Gridley, was tuning into our Camp Fire coverage when she saw Bill Blevens being interviewed on the CBS Evening News. 

Blevens was in the hospital after being rescued from the Camp Fire, and Johnson recognized him as her long-lost son. 

"I knew that was him," Johnson recalls, "but it had been so long that my brain didn't want to accept the fact that it really was him."

Shawna Zarate has been looking for her brother for years, and it turns out that he was living in Los Molinos - just 50 miles away from her home in Gridley.

Blevins said he was trapped in Paradise when the Camp Fire happened and is unable to access aid for fire victims because he lives outside of Butte County.

The family also credits Mary Blevins, Bill Blevin's wife, for taking care of him as he recovers. They've set up a GoFundMe page for Blevins, who suffered major burns in the fire. 

Tune in to the video for the full interview with the reunited family. 

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