One of our employees,Thomas Ziolkowski stepped up for a retired fireman and helped provide a liveable home for him. Here’s his story:
One day my wife came home and said that they are helping one of the retired firefighters at work. My wife serves as a firefighter for Cedar Hill Fire Dept. Joe Mobley (now 63) was a volunteer back in the early days and became the first paid firefighter for Cedar Hill. Due to his health, his home was basically falling apart around him. He had no working shower or bathtub, horribly sagging floors, no back porch and holes in the roof where animals have gotten into his attic (and also had caused multiple leaks).
My wife told them that I worked for CSI Roofing and had a construction background. I showed up to help as soon as I could. When i arrived, I saw that the floor was torn up in middle of the house already, both kitchen and bathroom were sagging pretty badly. Although in disarray, I knew what needed to be done and went to work. I pulled more flooring out, noticed the house was pier and beam, and had a crawl space underneath. The house needed to be leveled since it was sagging. The house was already on center blocks and pieces of telephone poles that have rotted away and made the house shift. So i proceeded to use jacks that the Fire dept brought and lift the house up and cut out/removed several 2×6 16ft beams out and replaced them with new treated wood. Once the new beams were installed, the house was lifted and i placed center blocks underneath and re-supported the house and made it as level as possible. Then replaced the old hard wood floor with 5/8 ply wood, re attached one of the walls back to the floor, put in new 2×4 studs to make the wall and floor solid. Then once it was level came in and installed a new floor from the kitchen to the living room. The new floor was laminate flooring. The employee association bought the materials I installed the floor. In the meantime, I called one of our crews to look at the roof to fix the holes in the metal and shingle roof, so he would not have water damage.
I contacted Eric Ames, with Westend shingles to help out. I told him what was going on and asked if he can find some old stock or discontinued inventory to place on this guys house. He called back a few days later and told me he had just enough of a old stock that was sitting in the corner of the warehouse. Westend severely discounted the cost and had it delivered to one of our other jobs for the crew to pick up. So the roof crew came out and patched up several holes and closed up some vents to prevent any animals from getting into the attic, they removed the old shingles and installed a new shingle roof in the front of the house, basically about 7 squares of Black 30yr shingles (the brand was Atlas).
So after the roof was done and the new floor installed I tore up the back porch and built a new wooden floor in the back of the house so he can sit on the back porch and not hurt himself. In addition to all that I also assisted the firefighters with Sheetrock, taping and bedding and painting the kitchen. We ended up removing all the Sheetrock in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room and installed new and painted. The bathroom was rebuilt and a new shower installed by some of the firefighters there. So we as a company made a presence, consulted and repaired what we could because we knew it needed to be done.
Some people asked why a new roof, and I simply said, it needed it, the holes in the roof needed to be fixed and if we will do it, we will do it right so everything that has been done, does not get ruined. I’m proud of the men and women who serve out local community as firefighters. It’s a great feeling to assist someone in need.