Firefighter pays struggling family’s $1K electric bill

Published 9:44 am Thursday, February 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family’s electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home.

Clinton Township firefighters were called to the house Feb. 12 for a non-emergency medical call. They learned that one of the children living there needs a ventilator to breathe, but the house didn’t have electricity because the parents had fallen behind on their payments. The child had to be taken to a hospital.

The Macomb Daily, of Mount Clemens, reports that 35-year-old firefighter Ryan McCuen paid the entire $1,023 electricity bill. He says he was glad to do it and wasn’t seeking recognition.

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McCuen says he didn’t think of it as “an extraordinary act,” but that he hopes it inspires others to take similar action.