The Bionic Man
His goal was to return to work as soon as possible after an injury from an accident – but this injury wasn’t a fracture rather crushed limbs from a horrific auto accident that was more of a “wrong place at the wrong time” type accident. His legs were pinned in between two bumpers while he was attempting to load his truck. At first, the team of doctors thought that the leg could be saved but a valiant effort with multiple operations proved futile as the leg was dying.
Ron Oleski, an electrician by trade and Damage Control’s electrician for the last 15 years, was in agreement that his leg had to be removed in order to put him on the road to recovery. He was more than ready to recover and to return to work. His humble and proud upbringing was evident as he found ways to do things for himself rather than accept help from his friends, who were desperate to find a way to make his struggle a little easier.
Ron was partnered with the amazing team at Allied Services who went right to work with him as soon as he was physically able. The people at Allied couldn’t believe the perseverance and determination that Ron displayed in his day to day therapy – his goal, all the while, to be able to get back on a ladder.
Although there were many challenges along the way, Ron returned to work about 6 months after losing his leg. Medical advances allowed his artificial leg to train him with the advent of a computer chip helping him to learn how to walk properly and what type of pressure to apply. The road to recovery has not ended, and with twists and turns along the road, Ron continues to drive ahead.
Both he and his wife, Eileen, seemed genuinely surprised by the amount of people who reached out to them with offerings of various kinds along that road. In the end, it only mattered that people wanted to help. People wanted to help because Eileen and Ron are genuine people who deserved the support of their friends.
Damage Control Supports Local Families Affected by Flood
Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that DKI Member, Damage Control, Inc. of Eynon, Pennsylvania, collected donations to help those in northeastern Pennsylvania areas where many families have been displaced from their homes.
Some residents in the Plainsville (Wilkes-Barre area) community were fortunate to escape the wrath of the latest floods, but others lost everything they owned, including their homes. Some homes were swept away, others condemned due to unsafe conditions, and some are still wet and festering, waiting for aid. In addition, there are many residents who are not insured or underinsured.
In Plainsville, employees of Damage Control had the pleasure of meeting many of the families and their children who have been displaced from their homes. Through the kind heart of another DKI Member, Matt Odachowski, President of Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup, residents were offered a chance to come together at a picnic, complete with a bounce house for the kids, balloons, toys, food and cleaning supplies.
Damage Control was proud to have participated in the event for the Plainsville residents.
Damage Control also summoned the help of Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup, who lent generators and over 60 dehumidifiers to help dry out homes some of the homes damaged free of charge.
Damage Control collected donations for residents affected by the devastating flooding. Those items include toys, cleaning supplies, diapers, canned food, soap, toothpaste, towels, flashlights, batteries and other household items.
“We are very proud to support such a worthy cause. It is very important for us each to do our part and give back to our communities,” said Jeff Skrilow, President of Damage Control.
A Big Welcome to Our New Employees
Damage Control welcomes four new employees who have started here since our last newsletter.
April Unangst, Technician:
April started working at DCI in October. She was initially hired for her cleaning experience but has exhibited a willingness to learn all aspects of the job. She is a welcome addition to our team.
Jerry Pradel, Technician:
Jerry began working at Damage Control in September and immediately became a part of the team. He takes initiative and catches on very quickly. He displays strong leadership qualities and a willingness to do whatever is asked of him
Chris Hamer, Field Supervisor:
Chris Hamer, our newest addition here at Damage Control, Inc. (DCI), was hired to fill the newly created position of Field Supervisor. This position was created as a direct result of our continued growth and the need to expand our field services. Chris owned and operated Sahara Restorative Drying, a highly successful, large loss drying operation which served New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Chris has partnered with DCI in the past to tackle large, specialized projects that required the talents of both companies. Chris’ ability to handle complicated situations, to think outside the box and to process multiple scenarios at one time, makes him an easy choice for this position.
Josh Mills, Technician:
Josh started with DCI as a temporary employee earlier this year. Through his hard work, eagerness to learn, reliability and good attitude, he proved himself as someone we wanted to keep on as a Damage Control employee.
If you visit our facility, you may want to think twice if someone offers you a glass of water. Well, OK. The water may not be to blame, but we have somewhat of a baby boom happening here at DCI. Technician Ed Marcyoniak and his wife just had a baby girl in September. Tyler Greenfield, Project Manager, had a baby boy the last week of October. In addition, both of our business office staff, Cindy Jackson, Office Manager, and Sarah Cain, Executive Assistant, are expecting little ones early next year.
Jeff and the entire Damage Control team should be commended for their professionalism and workmanship. I have worked with many contractors and can truthfully say that Jeff and his team were one of the best I’ve had the privilege to work with.
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