Lawsuit Filed Over Trust Fund for Fallen Delaware Firefighter’s Children

Complaint alleges misuse of money

Lieutenant Ardythe Denise Hope (department photo)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The managers of a trust fund set up to benefit the daughters of a Delaware firefighter who died after being critically injured on the job are suing the children’s father, alleging he misused some of the money.

The complaint was filed on behalf of the trust set up for two of Ardythe Hope’s three children, The News-Journal reported this week. Hope, a Wilmington firefighter, died months after a 2016 rowhome fire that also led to the death of two other firefighters.

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The complaint alleges David Lee, the father of two of Hope’s three children, controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds from Hope’s death and used some of it for his “own purposes.”

The lawsuit seeks a full accounting as well as a judgment against Lee for “unjust enrichment,” the newspaper reported.

Lee told the News-Journal the money has been entirely put toward the well-being and benefit of the children. He said he was working with the trust to provide a full accounting.

An attorney for the trust declined further comment.

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