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TV6 Exclusive: Prophetstown Father Shares His Story


Michael Hamstra grew up in Prophetstown, spending almost his entire life in town. In an exclusive interview with TV6, he tells us seeing the destruction that night literally hit home. 

"I just couldn't believe it, watching half of Main Street," he says, "I used to live in one of those apartments when I was a little kid, watching all that was devastating." 

But that devastating feeling would soon multiply a hundred fold when he noticed his boys acting strange. 

"I would say they were acting very disturbed," Hamstra says, "When things weren't feeling right to me so I started asking questions." 

Hamstra says when he found out what happened, everything changed.  

"I felt like my soul jumped out of my body, that my whole life just went down the tubes," he says. 

But he knew what he had to do and turned them in.  

"This is the hardest thing I've ever dealt with," Hamstra says, "It was very scary but I would never go back and do it a different way again, I would do the same thing, if it happened again tomorrow, I would do the exact same thing." 

Since that day, it's been an emotional roller coaster for the family. 

"Just seeing it every day tears me up," he says, "Knowing what happened, I wish I could take everything back, but I can't." 

"They're very emotional at times, they have their ups and downs, just like we're going through our ups and downs," Hamstra says of his sons, "They're scared, they're scared of what the outcome's going to be." 

While they don't know what the outcome will be in court, Hamstra hopes his boys can give back to the community. 

"All I can say is I'm sorry for what my boys have done, they're very regretful on what they've done and we'll do whatever it takes to help give back to the community and try to help make things right again," he says. 

"I'm extremely sorry for what my boys have done, and I hope we can all come together and make this right and come out a better, stronger community."

The boys' father also tells TV6 he hopes his boys can help others learn from their story. When this is all said and done, he hopes both boys can travel to different communities and share their experiences.

For more on this story, click here for a previous KWQC report: Two Boys Charged With Arson In Prophetstown Fire

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