Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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He fixed my tailpipe so my American Legion shirt stayed clean

I serve as a chaplain for an American Legion post and also for the 33rd District. I was on my way from Penn Hills to Port Vue one evening to a district meeting. After passing through the Turtle Creek valley and heading up the hill toward Route 30, at a small bump in the road, I heard the noise of my tailpipe dragging. I pulled into the Home Depot parking lot to survey the problem and determined that I had lost one of the bolts that supported the bracket under the muffler.

I normally carry a toolbox in my car. But my car had recently returned from the body shop for a repair of the trunk area, and I had removed the toolbox and not replaced it. I went into the store and purchased a package of replacement bolts and some nuts, intending on double-nutting the bolt hand tight, as I had no tools.

I was wearing a long-sleeve white American Legion uniform shirt with legion tie. I placed a blanket under the car so that I might not soil my shirt. Just at that moment, a sign company truck pulled in behind me and a young man offered to "take care of that problem" for me. He did not want me to get my uniform dirty.

Soon the missing bolt was replaced and he used his tools to tighten the nuts, double-nutting it so that it would not work loose.

With the frustration of being possibly late for my meeting, I of course thanked him, but did not get his name. As a chaplain, I believe in a greater power and of God working through others. I hope that he might read this and again know how much I appreciated his help.

I again thank him and may God's blessing be with him always. Because of his help I was able to make the meeting on time.


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