CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - FOX 46 is getting results by bridging the gap between those affected by Tropical Storm Florence and people who want to help.
Tom McConnell, a World War II veteran woke up this morning to discover a massive oak tree came crashing down on his car.
“That's the way life is. I've been through many situations,” he told FOX 46. “This happens to be one of them.”
McConnell said he moved his car just before the storm.
“Right here is where I normally park the car in the driveway here,” he said, “and everybody said, 'well you better move that car.' I finally said, ‘alright!’ So I backed it over there where there's no trees and everything thinking it'll be alright.”
As fate would have it, the tree landed right on top of it. The car is now barely visible beneath the brush.
McConnell has been through a rough patch lately. On top of the tree falling on his car, he’s battling cancer and his wife died just a month ago.
“Independent self-reliant woman,” he described his late wife. “Yeah we were married for 52 years,” McConnell said.
He’d claim there are a lot of other guys who have sacrificed more and have been through more than him. Maybe so, or maybe he’s just humble.
“If I told you all the things I've been committed to in my life, you wouldn't believe me,” he said.
McConnell served in World War II in the amphibious division running a landing craft that put marines on the beach.
At 92 years old, he has plenty of stories to tell.
“Time heals a lot of things,” he said. “and it's like the war. I didn't use to talk about it at all, but I can now and because I look at these boys today and see what they're going through and I can relate.”
Hopefully his next story will be a positive one; how a complete stranger volunteerd to help.
“The mark of how good you're doing is how good your community is doing so get out and improve your community and this is just an easy way to do it,” said Brandon Kenny.
He says he was watching FOX 46, and saw the damage Florence left in its wake. He called, asking us to put him to work.
FOX 46 was able to get results, connecting the two strangers, and Kenny said he and a crew will be back out at McConnell’s home tomorrow to clear the fallen tree from McConnell’s property.