Racine man falls off roof, samaritans step in
RACINE -- A man’s home is his castle. Jim Cook’s castle needed a new roof.
Cook, 47, landed in the hospital after trying to do the job himself. The man lost his footing trying to do the repair work with his sons.
He slipped and fell on a rooftop tarp when rain swept through Racine.
”I went over the back side of the house, with my back first, head first, into the concrete,” Cook explained.
The man broke his leg, an arm, and ribs—he even cracked his skull.
Mary Tumidajewicz, Cook’s next-door neighbor, made it her mission to help the man’s family and complete the project.
“He has more things to worry about than his roof, and I thought I’d make a few phone calls and see if i could get somebody to do it,” she explained.
After dozens of tries, one company did answer the call.
Todd Martin brought a crew from Martin and Son’s Roofing, donating their time and materials to get the job done.
“I had to help out. It was a must,” Martin said.
“The guys are touched by it. We all feel bad. It could happen to anyone of us roofers.”
Jim cook now has time to focus on recovery, forever grateful for this wonderful gift.
”For everything they’ve done for me, my family—from the bottom of my heart, a ‘thank you’ is just not enough,” he exclaimed.