2013-07-05 / Letters

Unsung Hero

Dear Editor:

A few weeks ago I had to call Sanitation regarding the pick-up of hedges, trees, etc. damaged by Sandy that had not been picked up. The gentleman who answered listened politely and asked for my address. I then asked him, “Do you know Shevy?” He replied, “Everybody knows Shevy!" When I got home the pick-up had been made.

I count myself lucky to have known Shevy since we were kids. He was always extremely funny and generous. And knowing him as an adult has made me and many others so proud. In addi- tion to still being extremely funny, his generosity has extended to so many charitable and kind deeds. His three motorcycle rides for various charities; his lifelong and steadfast commitment to taking care of all the locals in good times and bad (especially after 9/11 and Sandy). His use of social media to spread news we need to know. He came to my dad’s house the day after Sandy to check on us at the request of my sister who lives in Florida. With no power and dying cell phones I was so happy to see him. We hugged and laughed and I cried. Shevy rescued our spirits and those of many others that horrific day and in long months following.

Like his latest deed; both patriotic and selfless; to honorably dispose of worn out American flags he continues to demonstrate what makes Rockapulco and America proud.

We sometimes take our flag and all it represents for granted. His campaign and his actions remind us that every person can make a difference if they so choose. Many more flags now fly because sadly, it takes tragedy to remind us that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our flag unites us and reminds us that we are one. And now we know that when our flags wear out Shevy will be there to see them off respectfully and with the honor they deserve.

Everybody knows Shevy. I am happy to be included in that group.

KIM LAFFAN-MICKLIN

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