For those of you who read my blog this is going to be a different kind of post. If you’ve been reading along you probably think I’m kind of a straight forward, cold jerk. This story however made me really REALLY sad
“A 93-year-old Bay City man froze to death inside his home several days after the city limited his electricity for failing to pay his bills.
Marvin Schur, who lived alone, died slowly and painfully from hypothermia, said Dr. Kanu Virani, a deputy chief medical examiner for Oakland County who performed the autopsy.
When Schur’s body was discovered by a neighbor Jan. 17, the temperature inside the home was less than 32 degrees, Virani said today.
Bay City Electric Light & Power placed a “limiter” outside Schur’s home Jan. 13 after he failed to pay an undetermined amount of electricity charges.
The device limits the flow of electricity to the house. If the flow exceeds the limited amount, the device shuts down and must be reset.
The device had apparently shut down prior to Schur’s death.”
Is this really our country? Is this America? Do we really let an elderly man, a man of 93 years freeze to death alone in his house? Money is simply not more important than life yet this company weighed the two options and decided that money entitled them to shut off this man’s heat and let him die. I think part of me is upset because of how scared and alone that man must have felt. Though much is known about what happens to the body in the extreme cold, scientists don’t have specific core body temp that equals a freezing death. In the nazi ice baths it was recorded aroun 77 degree yet the coldest recorded temp where the person was revived and saved was around 63 degrees. I bet this man, shivering, cold and alone just simply gave up. We’ll never truly know but this country is a much poorer place for allowing this fate to befall one of its own. Honestly if every person who could gave a penny, a single penny we could have made a difference if given the chance. What did this man’s death cost? Would he be alive if he’d had 20 more dollars in his bank account to pay the power company? God I have to stop talking about it. It makes me feel so sick to my stomach to think about. Something has been lost people! Somewhere along the way we forgot. We forgot about equal rights for gays to marry, we forgot that people, as individuals, matter. It makes me wonder who else is being left out in the cold. Please write and let me know that I’m not the only person out there who thinks that this power company needs to pay for what they’ve done.