Mover Saves Man’s Life in Florida

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Different customers need different things. Some need you to take extra care of the glass-top dining room table that has been in the family for eleven generations. Some need you to keep out of the flower beds – and will stand on the porch to make sure you do. Some need an hour to go over the paperwork before they sign anything. Some need to be reassured every ten minutes that yes, you will be packing up the drapes for them.

Then there is the occasional customer who needs you to save their life.

Unfortunately, we haven’t discovered any footage of the actual event as it unfolded. But from what we gather from CBS News 12, Michael Morgan from Two Men and a Truck may very well have saved Morton Trugman’s life when he kept him from tumbling down a long staircase at the Windward Palms Retirement Community in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to CBS12.com, Morgan sprang into action after seeing 84-year-old Morton Trugman begin to lose consciousness at the top of these stairs in the lobby at the retirement home.

“I saw him, he just ran up the stairs, he took like ten steps and kind of scooped, basically saved his life,” said Emilio Faella, Windward Palms Enrichment Coordinator.

Morgan just says he was glad to be there at the right time.

But he wasn’t just there. He was paying attention – not to his shoes, not to his phone, but to the people and things around him. Those customers with the glass-top tables, the drapes, the flower beds and the paperwork issues are usually really good at telling us – again and again – exactly what they need. But there’s always the possibility a customer can’t give us that heads up. Let’s hope it never happens, but hey, it pays to pay attention.

It also helps to be able to run up stairs really fast.

This Warehouse From 1912 Is Better Than Most Modern Ones

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In 1914, Joseph and Henry Bimm of Dayton, Ohio opened the Bimm Fireproof Warehouse. Aside from such luxurious amenities as electric lighting, a temperature-controlled piano room and a burglar-proof vault, the Bimm brothers’ warehouse was famously billed as “absolutely fireproof”.

Today, warehouses haven’t exactly lived up to that one’s reputation.

This past April, a three-alarm fire broke out at a storage facility in Brooklyn. While the cause has not been determined, it is reasonable to believe that at least some of the stuff being stored inside the warehouse was flammable. Yet Fire Engineering tells us that “fire officials performed an exterior attack because of the structural (in)stability of the building.” In other words, they saw reason to believe the building might not survive the fire intact. Smart move, as the Bronx Times tells us the fire chief later confirmed that “the side of the warehouse collapsed from the fire.”

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In another Brooklyn warehouse incident, this one in 2015, an initial fire set off the sprinklers, dousing the flames. The bad news was that firefighters had to take the sprinkler system off line since sprinkler heads have to be replaced after discharging water. This meant they were out of commission when a second fire began to spread. The material stored in the warehouse consisted largely of sensitive documents: “medical records, court transcripts, lawyers’ letters, sonograms, bank checks and more” from the state court system, the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and the Health and Hospitals Corporation and several local hospitals.

These documents, containing identifying information on countless thousands of people, ended up being strewn all over the neighborhood and the waterfront as that warehouse began to crumble.

Finally, in a most ironic twist, a Northern California man lost a mountain of valuables hours after moving them from his home to a nearby warehouse. In August 2016, the Clayton Fire was spreading fast across dry, grassy Lake County, a hundred miles north of San Francisco. Lower Lake resident Marc Giberson saw his home was in danger and made the quick decision to evacuate, taking his girlfriend and her dogs away in his pickup, which he piled high with valuable musical memorabilia, including his late musician father’s record collection and his grandfather’s saxophone. With a friend and a bulldozer, he was able to save his home, but the fire swept through town and destroyed dozens of buildings – including, yes, that warehouse.

As the San Francisco Gate reports, “the fire destroyed a huge collection of historic memorabilia that (Giberson) was hoping to one day donate to the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, for which he serves as a board member. He also lost a mini modified race car and four vintage cars, including a 1923 Studebaker, which was used as a parade car in the 150-year anniversary of Lake County…

Even worse, though, was the saxophone, music collection and awards once owned by his late grandfather, Freddy Christian, a former big-band leader who once played for John Philip Sousa.”

Fires happen, unfortunately. Things burn, naturally. But far better steps need to be taken to minimize the damage.

Anyone out there know how to get in touch with Joseph and Henry Bimm?

University President Loses Everything in Moving Truck Fire

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As the summer winds down, college students aren’t the only ones scrambling to get ready for the new school year. University professors and administrators have to sweat it out too. And no one, perhaps, has more to do than Timothy Mottet, the new president of Colorado State University in Pueblo.

After moving to southeast Colorado from Kansas City, MO, Mr. Mottet had everything he owned go up in flames on a highway in western Kansas.

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“I’ve got a suit and a pen,” he tells us as he sits in his empty office, managing a smile for the camera.

We are told it is unknown why the truck hauling his and two other families’ goods caught fire in the early morning near Colby, KS, 250 miles from his new home. We do know that he lost pretty much everything. “I’m starting from scratch,” Mottet says. We also don’t know what type of coverage he had on his shipment, if any. But like anyone moving, there is a lot of irreplaceable stuff: photos, framed documents and tragically even a family member’s ashes are among the items he says are gone.

His misfortune has been met with an outpouring of kindness from the community. His new housekeeper, who so far hasn’t had much to clean in his empty house, brought him a load of stuff for his kitchen. He also says he hasn’t had to pay for a meal since arriving in town with his pen. “Everyone has just been incredibly generous,” Mottet says.

Meanwhile, in the midst of all the ups and downs, he still has a job to do, getting to know the ins and outs of his new domain and charting a course for his university’s future. Which is how it is for all our customers. People want to be moved so they can move on with things.

Stay Safe, Know Your Cargo

Movers everywhere: It’s crucial to know the types of things you cannot bring on a moving truck so this type of thing doesn’t happen. But if something does happen along the way, we can only hope that unfortunate customer is as gracious as Mr. Mottet.

Finish the summer up safe, ladies and gents.

Quick Thinking Helps Two Nearby Movers Prevent a Disaster

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Down in Albuquerque, NM, two movers were just finishing up a job when they encountered a woman panicking, saying something about a fire behind her home. The men went to see what was going on, and upon seeing the flames jumped into action.

According to KRQE Newsone of the men remembered that there was a fire extinguisher in their truck. Unfortunately, that would only last for so long, and once it was empty the movers began kicking dirt at the perimeter of the fire, managing to keep it contained until the fire department showed up.

The obvious moral of the story is two-fold; One, make sure your trucks are properly equipped. Fire is a hazard in any season, and in the summer heat that potential for disaster only grows. And two, keeping a cool head in the heat of the moment can literally prevent someone’s world from going up in flames.

This is huge because accidents happen all the time. North of the border, sadly, disaster recently played out. In a suburb of Toronto, Canada a six-year-old boy was riding his bicycle when he was struck and killed by a moving truck.

Not much is known of the details. All we can say is please be careful, this summer and all year round. Because sometimes kids, and those around them, are not.

Take Two: House Movers Get Stuck in the Middle of the Road AGAIN

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The sequel is rarely as good as the original, but Austin Home Movers are giving it a shot.

Last October they got this house stuck among the trees and branches lining in the middle of a residential street in south Austin. Unable to get a permit to cut the trees, they decided to cut the house instead.

Now they’re back, blocking traffic just north of Austin in an all-new predicament.

Hauling a house around a sharp bend on a quiet two-lane road in the Austin suburb of Leander, the trailer being used apparently suffered a broken axle, causing a couple of wheels to come loose. From there it seems the house slid right off the side of the trailer, coming to rest partway on the grass along the left side of the road.

Let’s survey what they were up against: The home looks about 50 feet long. The tractor’s right tires are on the grass. The rear of the trailer is clear over on the left side of the road, early on along the curve, effectively blocking the entire road, though a look on Google Maps suggests there isn’t much traffic there on Rock Cliff Drive.

Predictably, it didn’t go so well. And it would take a lot of work – and some help from a nearby business with some heavy equipment – to get that damaged house up and moving again.

To add insult to injury, the damage from the incident was not limited to the outside of the house. It seems a certain amount of owner Jesse Husemann’s belonging inside the house was damaged in the mishap as well. This because, as Husemann explains, “everything that was in the center of the house where (the house mover) told me to put it ended up slamming into that wall.”

Wow. Anyone ever hear of loading a moving truck by piling everything up in the middle? 

Neighborhood resident John Sargent says he’s seen a few accidents along that curve and thinks that guard rails need to be installed to prevent more.

Meanwhile, city planners are busy installing guard rails along the entire route of Austin Home Movers’ next job. Probably, anyway.

Why You Shouldn’t Ever Drive Without Night Flares

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Any of you guys remember your very first day as a mover? I remember mine. It involved a crew leader named Frosty and a crewman (me) hiding behind a highway divider at one in the morning.

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Portable Toilet Falls off Truck

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All right guys, time to be childish and immature! Normally we strive to keep it clean here at HireAHelper, but when a story like this comes along we simply have to make an exception.

The incident happened on the Cromwell-Clyde Rd about 6km from Cromwell about 1.40pm.

The health and safety manager for the company transporting the portaloo, who preferred not be named, said one of three empty portaloos fell from the truck and bounced into a rental car following behind.

The windscreen was smashed but the two occupants were uninjured, she said.

Luckily, this had a happy ending.

“The portaloos were empty. There was no faecal matter,” she said.

A police spokeswoman confirmed they were incorrect with initial reports.

“There wasn’t any mess that required the Fire Service to clean up,” she said.

True, this could have been a lot messier than it was. Still, this incident in New Zealand deserves a few good comments. So feel free to let one rip! (In the comments section below, we mean.)

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