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WTF? And How The Industry Always Rises

John Mesenbrink

WTF? And How The Industry Always Rises

I’ve said this before. It sickens me to think that there are other human beings that want to inflict harm on large groups of innocent people.  It’s hard to describe the feelings of shock and disbelief in reaction to the increasing violence in public areas — from a movie theater in Colorado to an elementary school in Connecticut. And now, the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. I hope we don’t become desensitized to these particular events, and as a society we try to fix what ails us.

But there is the flipside to this grim picture of humanity. It is how we, the majority of good, law abiding citizens, come together to help our fellow brothers and sisters of this great nation — no matter the color, creed and religion — in a time of real need. We saw it after 9/11 — when the people of the great city of New York, and surrounding areas, banded together to care for the wounded, spent tireless hours assisting others and helped rebuild the city structurally and emotionally. And we see it now with the strong city of Boston, which will not back down in the face of cowardice.

As members of the plumbing and heating industry, we can help out, and we do. We take care of our own in times of need — after Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters that hit our country especially hard.  I know for a fact that in the midst of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast particularly hard, associations such as PHCC-NA, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors all helped out tremendously with monetary and product donations, and services to help out where needed.

It had come to my attention that two separate incidences hit the industry quite hard in the aftermath of the Boston bombings. The first, an employee named Tim Bauman who works at Eric C. Foster Plumbing and Heating in Chelmsford, Mass. was decimated by Boston Marathon bombings. His brother Jeff lost both legs in Monday’s Marathon bombing. Please pray for him and his family and if you can, help them out….

They have created a site to help raise money. Here is what the site says:

*We have created this fundraiser to raise money to help support our dear friend, Jeff and his family. As most of you know, Jeff was severely affected by the tragedy that had taken place at the Patriots Day Boston Marathon this year. Throughout this difficult time we want to help in every which way we possibly can to get Bauman back on track as soon as possible. *Medical bills are going to start rolling in, let’s get a head start on helping out Bauman and his family! Every dollar counts!!
For more information on how to donate, http://www.gofundme.com/BucksforBauman.

Secondly, it was learned that an employee of F.W. Webb was impacted by the Monday bombing in Boston. Kevin Corcoran, a truck driver based in Methuen, witnessed two family members — wife Celeste and daughter, Sydney — as they were hit with shrapnel. Both have very serious injuries.

The F.W. Webb Community is doing whatever they can to support Kevin and his family. For those that wish more information here is an article from the Lowell Sun:
http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_23042915/hit-hard-by-blast-lowell-family-and-friends.

If anyone wishes to donate funds to assist them with expenses or get further updates visit: http://www.gofundme.com/CelesteandSydney.

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