News 3 Follow Up: Crews and kindness come the way of woman living in tent

SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – It’s a story that will lift your spirits. Crews have worked all day to remove a tree on a midtown Savannah home after we shared the homeowner’s story.

Marie Redmond reached out to us after having to turn away multiple tree removal crews saying her insurance was not helping in the removal of the tree. Her home is a total loss and she is living in a tent with her dogs, but hours after our story, help came.

It’s been more than a week since Redmond woke up in a tent with a tree still on her home, Wednesday morning that all changed.

“Well let me go see who this is, and it’s a crane and trucks of men with chainsaws and they said ‘we’re here to take the tree of your house’ and I said ‘you are,'” says Redmond.

Utility contracting group was just one of several people who reached out to news three to help Redmond after we shared her story.

“That’s a shame nobody should live like that, no one,” says Rick Sukmanowski.

The tree removal and utility service says they hope to have the tree off by the end of the day, but will stay as long as they have to.

“It kind of shocked me when I seen it on the air last night and as soon as I seen it and they said she was living in a tent out back is when I got on the phone and started calling you guys to figure out what need to be done and where I needed to go,” Sukmanowski adds.

img_2412When they showed up, Redmond asked how was she going to pay them, she says her insurance would not help until she had paid for removal, Rick Sukmanowski told her not to worry about it.

“That helps me out so much, because I hope to get enough money back from the insurance company to rebuild a new home,” Redmond adds.

The Georgia insurance commission also reached out to Redmond and informs News 3 they are talking with her insurance provider to resolve the claim that may help Redmond move out of her tent and back into her home.

“Sometimes people need help and people step in and want to help and that’s when we stepped in and wanted to help,” Sukmanowski.

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