The TCIA "Good Samaritan" awards keep coming! During the Tree Care Industry Association 2018 Winter Management Conference, Joel Perdomo, Crew Member, and Juan Fuentes, General Foreman, were recognized for their extraordinary storm response efforts as they left their flooded family homes from Hurricane Harvey to serve others.
Joel and Juan, residents of the Houston metropolitan area, were working on a vegetation management contract in Oklahoma when Hurricane Harvey arrived. Both were monitoring the conditions from afar. When their homes were flooded and families evacuated to safety (one by walking a mile in chest-deep water with children in tow), they were redeployed to utility line clearance storm work in Texas—each about 1.5 hours from their homes and families where they remained for over a week working 16 hour shifts. At night, as everyone else retired to the hotel, Juan would drive home to take care of his family, rip out sheet rock and contact contractors.
When Hurricane Irma arrived, Joel made a further sacrifice and agreed to travel to Florida. He remained there for the duration of the storm restoration effort—three weeks in total. Given the situation with the loss of his home, we believe this commitment to Lewis Tree Service and personal sacrifice to help others before himself lands him squarely in the “Good Samaritan” category. He demonstrated impressive dedication and over-the-top responsibility.