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Disabled vet receives help trimming tree

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A disabled veteran in desperate need of help has had an overgrown tree that was threatening power lines on his property removed.

Bay City Light and Power crews came to the man's home Tuesday morning and removed the tree that was threatening to do significant damage to the man's property.

It takes a lot for Howell to be able to hold a simple conversation. So taking on the mulberry tree in his front yard would have been nearly impossible. The military vet and heart-attack survivor is on oxygen. He lives on a fixed income.

Howell has lived in his Bay City home for more than 15 years. Back then, the tree was just a bush. As the tree grew stronger, Howell's health got weaker, taking away his ability to keep up with it.

Howell said the mulberry tree is a nuisance when it's warm.

"Mulberries fall down on the sidewalk and people step on them and it just turns my whole sidewalk dark purple," Howell said.

Howell turned to the TV5 Rescue Squad for help and we jumped into action. The tree was removed Tuesday morning. Bay City Light and Power Supervisor Virgil Laplant said he didn't want unqualified people trimming along power lines to remove the tree. That's why crews came out to remove it Tuesday.

"It's a big relief. I mean it's just a big weight off my shoulders," Howell said. "The tree was down and my yard was cleaned up and they just did one heck of a job."

Howell said he appreciates everyone who called wanting to help.

"I really would like to thank TV5 Rescue Squad for all their help. They were so instrumental in all of this and if it wasn't for them I'd still have the problem on my hands. So I just want to thank you guys very much and I appreciate everything you've done," Howell said.

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