Laurie Dimaio picked up the paper last Thursday and what she read gave her pause. It was my column about the out-of-work mechanics from General Truck Body, who lost their jobs and their personal tools when a July 21 fire destroyed their workplace.
These unhappily unemployed guys needed tools to land new jobs at most places. But despite what they’d been led to believe by the company’s owner, theirs were uninsured.
The Vinton widow was moved. She wondered if there anything she could do. Her husband Joseph, who died in November, left her a lot of tools. Some she sold in classified ads, but she still has plenty left.
So she picked up the phone book and started looking up the guys whose names were in the paper. That’s how she reached Mike Lehman of Roanoke, one of the former General Truck Body mechanics.
Wednesday afternoon, Lehman and his former colleague Jack Lancaster spent some time at Dimaio’s home, rummaging through her collection. They’ve been doing that a lot lately.
Dimaio wasn’t the only one who responded to the mechanics’ plight. Jack Lancaster’s home phone has been ringing off the hook with unsolicited offers of cash, job interviews and tools. Wednesday was their fourth tool-hunting expedition in the past six days.
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