By Tuesday afternoon, donors had contributed more than
A note on the account says donations above the goal will be given to the family.
Though they were unable to save her husband,
"The strangers on the beach and emergency responders from
Dingle is a popular blogger, author and social media personality who has written from a Christian perspective about her husband, their children, and her experience as the survivor of childhood sexual assault by her father, brother and others.
Dingle writes that she struggles with as yet unexplained health issues.
She describes herself as a disabled activist, and has identified both as an anti-abortion Christian conservative and, in a
In writing about her relationship with her husband,
Atlas specializes in engineering for existing buildings that need updates, modifications or repairs, and Coutu said Dingle was a good engineer and a willing colleague who wanted to learn everything he could from his first day on the job.
Around the office, Coutu said, Dingle was known for "his willingness to tackle any kind of job. If he didn't know something, he would learn how to do and stick with it and get it done," Coutu said.
"He was very good at dealing with people. His clients liked him, and of course we loved him. He was a very competent person," Coutu said.
Coutu said Dingle was one of several people in the company -- and one of about 15 people cross the state -- trained as a volunteer search-and-rescue engineer for the
Engineers are needed in such situations, where buildings are compromised, to help first responders know how to safely search for and recover victims.
"He was a good, good man," Coutu said. "He's going to be terribly missed."
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