A group of firefighters in Michigan responded to a call two weeks ago at a house in Clinton Township, just north of Detroit. And found out the family’s power had been turned off, even though one of their kids was on a ventilator.
It turned out they were $1,023 behind on their power bill. They had a medical waiver that should have prevented it from being turned off, but they didn’t fill out one of the forms right.
So first the firefighters got the kid to a hospital. Then one of them went above and beyond to make sure it didn’t happen again anytime soon.
35-year-old Ryan McCuen just got his job back last year, after he was laid off by the fire department during the recession. But he started a lawn care company in the meantime that has about 1,200 customers now. So apparently he did okay.
And when he found out the family couldn’t get their electricity back on, he called the power company . . . and paid their $1,000 power bill HIMSELF.
Apparently he tried to do it anonymously, and didn’t want anyone to know. But then his boss found out . . . sent an email to the city . . . and the local news got wind of it.
Ryan says he didn’t expect any praise for it, and just wanted to help. But he hopes the story inspires other people to do something similar.