Thursday, January 29, 2009

Check on Your Neighbors

BAY CITY, Mich. – When neighbors went inside Marvin Schur's house, the windows were frosted over, icicles hung from a faucet, and the 93-year-old World War II veteran lay dead on the bedroom floor in a winter jacket over four layers of clothing.

He froze to death days after the electric company installed a power-limiting device because of more than $1,000 in unpaid bills. He had the money to pay his bills, but was suffering from possible dementia or exposure. The electric company never went by to explain the power-limiting device, which acts as a circuit breaker and which must be reset from outside. Once it flipped off. It stayed off and a WWII veteran slowly froze to death.

Rest In Peace

Marvin Schur

Served with Honor

Died of Neglect

If you live in an area where it is below freezing, power shortages occur and utility companies play games with your life, please check on your neighbors. If you have not seen a neighbor for a day or two, just look in on them. Bring some cider or hot cocoa or perhaps a stack of firewood.


Alicia said...

Oh this is such a sad story. Thank you for encouraging everyone to check on their neighbors. It's so easy to become closed off to those around us. Life can be so consuming. But there is really no excuse because it is very easy to just knock on the door next to us and say, "hi just seeing how you are doing and if you need anything." Thanks again Cybercelt!

CyberCelt said...

@alicia-Thanks for leaving your thoughtful comment. The fact that our elders are freezing to death while we are bailing out big industry makes me ill.

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