The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Air Conditioning help senior after tragedy
Written and photograph by Debbie Hall, Informer Media Group
Tragedy struck the family of Jim and Susan Siler this week. The morning of June 23 was upbeat when staff members from The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Air Conditioning as well as football players from Bishop Gorman High School arrived to help in this couple during a most trying time.
The Silers are homeowners who have been living without running water or a working air conditioner. Because they are elderly and living on a fixed income, there was no way Jim and Susan could afford to fix their water line when it started leaking. They would turn their water off, switching it back on only when desperately needed. Every time they needed to use a faucet or wanted to shower; Jim or Susan went outside, turned on the plumbing and thened turn it off again. They were unable to flush toilets. If they wanted to cook something or get a cool drink of water, one of them would have to go outside, turn the water on, use it, and turn it off again. Many times Jim Siler had to take the bus to purchase fresh water. They both had difficulty with mobility as well so the added strain of no water or air conditioning contributed to their stress levels. With the triple digit temperatures and no working air conditioning, the couple had to go to the hospital several times due to heat stroke.
Clark County Social Services put The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Air Conditioning in contact with the Silers. The Sunny Plumber donated about $6,000 in parts and labor to help the Silers and brought in the Bishop Gorman players to help as well. Goettl Air Conditioning also donated parts and labor to bring the cool air necessary to the Silers’ health.
The Silers were still in the hospital due to heat strokes when Chris Faherty, The Sunny Plumber senior plumbing technician, Bishop Gorman’s football team and Michael Luzader, Goettl Air Conditioning senior service technician, arrived to help.
Duncan Goodrich, junior at Bishop Gorman High School and son of the owners of the two companies, wanted to participate in a community project. He was one of many who worked side by side with his teammates to help the family on a day when temperatures reached 115 degrees. “When my dad told me about this couple that really needed our help, I was ready,” he said.
“It has been a blast so far that we are participating,” Bryce Fielten, Bishop Gorman High School football player, stated. “Helping out these lovely people while hospitalized is our way of giving back to the community.”
Faherty couldn’t agree more. “It means a lot to me to work for a company that would reach out to the community and do this for free to help out people who are in need.”
Luzader is a native Las Vegan who has worked in air conditioning since 1986. He stated he also feels good about what he was doing for the community and was happy to help even on a very hot day.
Sadly, a message was received that Susan Siler passed away in the hospital. However, Jim Siler was saved and able to return home with working plumbing and air conditioner. With the support of the community, Jim Siler will be able to regain his health and remember his wife.
The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Air Conditioning are businesses with a passion for charities and giving back to the community. Go Gaels, Bishop Gorman’s football team and winner of seven straight state championships, give back to the community as well. For more information, visit goettl.com and thesunnyplumber.com.