Slingerlands woman grateful for neighborly acts of kindness

November 19, 2018 06:47 PM

SLINGERLANDS -- Donna Wickert says she is overwhelmed by her neighbor's kindness. 

"I was out mowing the lawn because my husband's health-related issues, he really can't do it anymore," said Wickert.  "Eddie and his wife called over, don't ever do that again!  We'll take care of it." 


Wickert says it began with her neighbor, Eddie Person, regularly mowing her lawn, but then he took care of her leaves, and then he was plowing her driveway.

Wickert's husband had health issues, and was also having chemo.

"It's been, I couldn't even describe how tremendous it's been, not to have to worry because we have to get out to the doctors," she said. 

She even found Person had sealed her driveway once.  Person owns Empire Sealcoating.  He is an Albany firefighter with two young sons.  He's modest and downplayed his efforts.  He didn't want all this attention.  

"I don't know, that's how I was raised," said Person.  "To do good things for people and that's just what you should do." 

This is a neighbor-helping-neighbor story, and Wickert says this Thanksgiving, Person is part of what she's thankful for. 

"In the firehouse, if you had a project going on in your house, there's 10 guys that are helping," he said.  "Just, it's what you do.  That's what we are.  My family did a lot of community service growing up, so yeah, it was kind of instilled in me and my brothers and sister."

"He is quite a hero of mine," said Wickert.  "And I just think it's a wonderful example to the world of how we should treat one another."


Kumi Tucker

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