Amtrak conductor and Local 1933 member Amanda “Mandie” Brillhart has been in the hospital more than a month and continues to undergo surgeries after Florence, S.C., sheriff’s deputies said her husband, Charles Durell Nethercutt, poured gasoline on her and set her on fire in their home in September.
As a result of the attack, Brillhart received severe burns to her torso, arms, legs and feet and has had extensive surgeries.
Online fundraisers at are ongoing to help her family with medical costs.
In an update on GoFundMe posted Oct. 19, Brillhart’s mother, Annette Brillhart, said that Mandie, 27, the mother of a one-year-old son, was going to undergo her 12th surgery and was being kept in a sterile environment in intensive care.
“I cannot tell you how grateful that we as a family are for the support that you all have shown for her and us as well. I am reading all the wonderful thoughts and prayers for her and I am overwhelmed,” Annette posted on GoFundMe. “Please continue to pray for her and leave your well wishes on this site or you may send a card or letter of encouragement to our home.
“When she finally gets out of ICU, I can bring them to her and she can read them and get a better understanding of how much she means to people, even the ones she does not know.”
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Annette Brillhart
102 Red Coat Lane,
Columbia, SC 29223
Police tracked Nethercutt down in Yonkers, N.Y., and took him into custody in mid-November. He faces charges of attempted murder and others.


Amtrak Conductor and Local 1933 member Amanda Brillhart is in critical condition after her husband, Charles Nethercutt, poured gasoline on her and set her on fire Sept. 19.
Brillhart, 27, has a one-year-old son. As a result of the attack, she has undergone extensive surgeries and is expected to be out of work for quite a while. Police are still searching for her husband.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by her co-workers to help with the financial burden that medical bills and being off work is causing.
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“In my 27 years, I’ve seen people helping complete strangers. It lets you see the world from a different perspective. There are still a lot of wonderful people in this world,” Pryor stated to Associate Editor, Bourree Lam.  Read the complete article here.


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He looks out a window. The brush and desert scrub stretch out in brown and green waves toward the foothills outside Vail in southeastern Arizona.
Read the complete story at the Arizona Republic.
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