July 22, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: July 22, 2013


---- — CHEERS to Rob Shumway, who went out of his way to help a man who was stopped by police for insurance issues, which turned out to be in error. Jeff LaBounty of LaBounty’s Wrecker Service told us about the situation. A local man was pulled over by police early in the morning on July 4 for having a light out. A routine check showed that the man’s registration was suspended because his insurance had lapsed, so police had LaBounty come in to tow the car. LaBounty knew the driver in question, who protested that he was sure he had paid his insurance bill. But police have to go by what the records say, so the car was hauled to LaBounty’s business and later would need to be towed to the man’s home to avoid storage fees. On July 5, Shumway got involved. He is owner of Shumway Insurance Agency in Plattsburgh and a longtime insurance agent. As Labounty tells it, Shumway went above and beyond to help the driver, who is a man of meager means. First, Shumway helped cover the cost of the tows (which LaBounty had already discounted) when the man didn’t have enough money. Then, the driver was having trouble getting the situation resolved at the Department of Motor Vehicles. So Shumway accompanied him there to show that he was indeed insured and that a mistake had been made by another insurance company, as Labounty tells it. “It was a tearjerker, to be honest,” Labounty said. “He took the money out of his own pocket and did all that to help. How many people would come out and do something nice like that for somebody?” Kudos to Shumway for being a local businessman who cares.

CHEERS to all the public servants who have gotten the job done for us during the recent heat wave. We’re talking about mail carriers, trash collectors, public works employees and all others who had to toil in temperatures in the 90s with high humidity and blistering sun over the past week. While most workers carried on with their responsibilities as usual in perfectly controlled temperatures, the outdoors men and women on the payroll were expected to perform demanding jobs in adverse conditions for eight hours at a clip. Just imagine throwing that factor into the everyday challenges of your job. Many of the people to whom we talked were thankful to get out of the elements after just a couple of minutes. The trash collectors walked and hefted, utility and road workers dug and paved, and mail carriers trudged and climbed steps. And, as far as we’re concerned, they all delivered, under conditions we wouldn’t wish on anyone.

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