Army of volunteers join cleanup at overgrown Albany cemetery

July 23, 2019 07:06 PM

ALBANY - It's now a team effort in Albany to cleanup an overgrown cemetery.

NewsChannel 13 first told you about the problem at the Evangelical Protestant Church Cemetery last week.


A couple, Travis Winkleman and Billie Riley of Corinth, came out on Tuesday volunteering their time to start the job with lawnmowers and weed-whackers. Now, others are helping to finish it. In fact, seven volunteers with a well-orchestrated symphony of lawnmowers and weed-whackers were at the cemetery on Tuesday. Their progress now has the property looking respectable again.

"I said I was going to get it done and one way or another, it's going to get done," said Winkleman. "Any help is awesome – whether it be for five minutes or five hours. I'll take what I can get."

One of those new volunteers on Tuesday was Mike Smith. He was inspired by Winkleman and ready to get to work himself.

"I'm glad you guys did that story," said Smith. "I just think it's important for everybody to remember the sacrifice that they made. This is no sacrifice at all really. This is just a few hours out of my day and they gave their lives. It's a no brainer."

Winkleman's kind spirit isn't just limited to the cemetery. While Winkleman was driving to Albany on Tuesday, a car next to him spun out of control and rolled over into a ditch.

Winkleman stopped his car, got out and walked down into the ditch. While the car was smoking, he broke the window with a rock, dragged the driver out, and dragged him to safety.

It's just another day for a man who doesn't wear a cape while he helps others.


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