Heroes on every corner

Published 11/21 2013 08:59PM

Updated 11/12 2014 04:34PM

GIFFORD -- People are starting to get back on their feet. Power is being restored and water is running. Debris is being cleared from roadways. Dozens are putting their lives on hold to get it all done. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has more from town where there seems to be a hero at every corner.

Some are contractors paid to do the job, some are victims cleaning up their lives. But, if you look a little closer, some are there, just to offer a shoulder to lean on.

"Our daughter called us frantic."

Heath Sutherland's daughter told him the sirens were going off. He was out of town and rushed to get back but got stuck in traffic.

"It was horrible. We didn't know what to do."

When he started to see parts of Gifford as he drove into town, his heart started to sink.

"I was thinking they could have died."

Fortunately, his daughter and family were OK. But, his house wasn't.

"Disaster zone. It was just horrible. Everything was everywhere."

Sutherland says he stood silently looking at what was left. Pieces of his life, scattered throughout his backyard. He didn't know where to start. Then his phone started to ring with his coworkers on the other end.

"They said, 'how bad is it?' I said, 'really bad.' I didn't want to ask them for any help."

He didn't have to. They just showed up and haven't stopped showing up all week.

"I honestly think it's our God-given duty."

They've all rescheduled their work days. They go in at 6 am instead of 8 am so they can all get off early and head out to Gifford.

"They're from down by Tuscola."

"And, they drive here everyday?"

"Right after work."

"We're trying to give him some life back."

But, little do they know, they already have.

"I can't thank them enough."

"We're here until the end."

Sutherland's coworkers aren't stopping there. Once his stuff is all cleaned up, they're going to help others in the area.

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