ABC13 report leads to tree trimming for desperate family

September 21, 2012 3:51:25 PM PDT
We have an update to an Action 13 Consumer story we first told you about earlier this week. After seeing our report, volunteers have come to the aid of a family worried about a tree that was dangerously close to falling on their home.

Action 13 reporter Jeff Ehling introduced you to Deborah and Calvin Jackson on Monday. They said they've been getting the run-around about a dying tree in a neighboring lot, which they worried could fall on their house at any moment and presented a danger for kids playing in the area.

Fortunately, Mike McDonald's wife and 3-year-old boy were watching our report. McDonald happens to run Treemasters Tree Trimming Service. They convinced him to do something about it.

"They called me and the boy said, 'Daddy I want you to cut the tree.' So I went out and cut the tree for the lady," said McDonald. "We have a saying, we are our brothers' keepers. And that lady needed our help."

The lot is owned by Sheldon ISD. The school district says legally they weren't permitted to use tax dollars to maintain the property. They were exploring their options when McDonald stepped up to the plate.