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Firefighter pays struggling family's $1,000 electric bill

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family's electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home.

Clinton Township firefighters went to the house Feb. 12 for a non-emergency medical call and learned that one of the children living there needs to be hooked up full-time to a ventilator to breathe. The house didn't have electricity because the parents had fallen behind on their payments and hadn't properly filed a medical waiver that would have kept the power on. The child had to be taken to a hospital.

After the visit, firefighter Ryan McCuen, 35, later paid the entire $1,023 electricity bill.

"This type of concern for the greater well-being of this family is where the heart of this employee lies," Fire Chief Michael Phy told township officials in an email.— AP

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