(CBS DETROIT) – 81 year old Vietnam Veteran William Norman has a birthday on the horizon.
He says, “I’ll be 82 December 11th.”READ MORE: Metro Detroit Women, Linda Orlans and Carla Walker-Miller, Honored in Southeastern Michigan Business Hall of Fame
But Mr. Norman says after a terrifying experience this past May, he was fearful, he wouldn’t see his next birthday.
“I heard a loud boom, knocked me right off the toilet to the floor.”
What Mr. Norman thought may have been a bomb hitting his Westside Detroit home, was in fact a very large tree from his front lawn crashing down on his house.
Making his way to the side of his home, he quickly realized just how much damage the tree caused.
“Not only just the chimney, and the roof, it was the gutters, the windows.”
All completely destroyed he says, and had he not been in the bathroom at that moment, he would have been in the direct path of the tree.
Thankful his life was spared, although the tree made the home uninhabitable.READ MORE: Detroit Extended Season For Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park
His caretaker, was able to find him temporary housing, but his insurance would not cover the full home repair cost. After hearing of his dilemma, members of the community came together, lead by the Disability Network of Wayne County. The organization presented him with a huge check on Tuesday.
“We’re presenting this to Mr. Norman, 10 thousand dollars.”
Those funds, also from the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency will go toward any home repair costs for Mr. Norman.
D and D innovations also donating their construction services.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m so blessed.” Said a tearful Mr. Norman
Disability Network/Wayne County Detroit is a consumer driven organization and a voice in the community that works to develop the ability of people with disabilities to live independently. For more information, visit us at: http://www.dnwayne.org.MORE NEWS: Henry Ford Health Says Over Almost 130,000 COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Given Since December