Just after Christmas, Holman Parts’ Indianapolis warehouse supervisor Curtis Howe had a nightmare most of us never face: his wife Danielle shook him out of a sound sleep saying that someone was banging on their door shouting that a garage fire was about to engulf their home. It turned out that the person at the door was a stranger who was driving by in the early morning, and that his vigilance saved the lives of Curtis, Danielle, and their two small children. Although the house filled with smoke, the fire never reached the interior, and the family was able to escape with their lives. After a week in a hotel, the family is back in their home.
Curtis is thankful that his young family escaped the blaze without serious injury — “I can’t put a price on our lives” — but the event has left them in a financial hole. His uncooperative insurance company’s intransigence has left him with many immediate bills to pay. If you would like to help the family, Holman Parts’ New Jersey employees have started a crowd-funding site. I know Curtis and Danielle would appreciate any help we can give.