Letters from Mendham

by webadmin 12. November 2012 13:33

Dear Mr. Lentine:

      It was a pleasure speaking with you today. I was shocked when the young lady who answered the phone asked if I would like to talk with you. You did not know me or why I was calling and you were so very kind to take your valuable time to speak with me.

      How do I put into words how appreciative we all are for your linemen coming to help during a very difficult time in New Jersey. As I expressed to you in our telephone conversation I cannot say enough good things about the men that were sent to help us. They are all such perfect gentlemen, as you were with me today. The men are ready to step up in a heartbeat even though they are, I am sure, very tired. Your men are being so very cautious, as I know they were trained to be, and are working endlessly to complete the jobs they were sent to do. I wanted to buy then breakfast this morning but they insisted it was not necessary as they were well taken care of.

      When you sent your men here it had to be very difficult for them to leave their families not knowing when they would return home to see them again so I would also like to thank their families (wives, children, girlfriends, moms, dads, sisters and brothers) for their sacrifice of not seeing their loved ones for such a long time and that if allowed we would be their temporary families and watch out for them. I wish there were a way their families could know how thankful we are and how proud of them they should be. You said they may not be home for Thanksgiving but I pray they will be.

      They have worked so long and tirelessly. I don't know how they are coping but they are and doing a great job. Michigan and LeCom should be very proud of these men.

      If you can please tell them all to be safe.

With Best Regards,
Barbara M
Mendham, NJ

Lecom, Beaumont, Medstar, Garden Fresh Salsa helping with Sandy cleanup

by webadmin 12. November 2012 12:24

The following article was originally published in The Macomb Daily on November 3rd 2012

 

Macomb Medics, businesses aid cleanup of Superstorm Sandy
Crews, equipment from Beaumont, Medstar, Garden Fresh Salsa, LeCom helping with Sandy cleanup

By Catherine Kavanaugh

Eighteen-hour shifts of strenuous work keep paramedic Bryan Lagocki of Harrison Township focused on the relief effort of Superstorm Sandy more than the destruction around him.

When he arrived out East last Sunday, the 25-year-old employee of Beaumont Medical Transportation was dispatched to a New Jersey nursing home. It was being used as a temporary morgue for victims killed by the wicked weather that started as a hurricane and battered coasts from Haiti to Canada.

On Wednesday, Lagocki was in New York City trying to prevent more deaths at Bellevue Hospital. He climbed 18 flights of stairs to evacuate some of the 500 patients after power flickered from a back-up generator and an assessment of the flooded basement showed eight feet of water caused more damage than first estimated.

“He told me, ‘My arms were like rubber,” father Ron Lagocki said. “They had to work from the top floor down doing a triage head-to-toe assessment of patients, hooking up IVs, and strapping them to backboards. Some could walk but he said a lot were bed-ridden. There was a lot of weight to take downstairs.”

From paramedics to utility linemen to truck drivers hauling food and water, critical skills and supplies from Michigan made their to the states besieged by winds up to 90 mph and then power outages and food and gasoline shortages.

Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health Systems sent two ambulances with four paramedics as part of a Michigan contingency of emergency workers that also includes Medstar of Clinton Township. LeCom, Inc., which has its headquarters in Warren, dispatched a storm restoration team that turned into a two-mile caravan of 40 trucks carrying 70 linemen. Ferndale-based Garden Fresh Salsa sent a refrigerated truck with 1,300 cases of hummus, salsa and chips from its distribution center in Taylor to New Jersey, where about 10,000 homes were damaged and 14 people died.

Garden Fresh owner Jack Aronson said he spent two days on the phone trying to cut through red tape and get addresses where the truck, which also had 40 cases of dog food, could make its delivery. He finally asked his softball buddy, Ferndale Police Officer Andy Wurm, to go through his network.

“We did it the old-fashioned way,” Aronson said. “Andy called a brother station in New Jersey and in 10 minutes we had a place. We went to the police station in the middle of the apocalypse and dropped off half the pallets. Within an hour it was on the shelves of some shelters.”

The other cases of food were taken to New York.

“It’s not a turkey dinner by any means but it’s healthy and tasty and better than Army-ready meals,” Aronson said. “Hummus is protein and salsa has vegetables and you can eat it by hand with chips and get some nutrients.”

Aronson and Dean Bach, owner of Dino’s, Ferndale, are collecting more items for another semi expected to head east on Wednesday. Anyone who wants to donate bottled water, canned goods and blankets can drop them off at Garden Fresh, 1220 E. Nine Mile Road, or Dino’s, 22740 Woodward Ave.

Aronson said he is hearing from friends in Long Island, including one who had two carp in his living room, they could be without power for 15 days.

The LeCom team is working to restore electricity in New Jersey, bringing sub-stations back online and repairing feeder lines on 16-hour shifts.

“There’s so much work to do, we don’t know when they will be back,” LeCom Vice President Anthony Lentine said. “Telephone poles are broken. Trees are down on wires. They need transformers, poles and cross arms to come in from all over the country.”

Bryan Lagocki will be in the storm-ravaged area until at least Thursday, his father said.

“After he got off work (Oct. 27) they told him pack your bag you’re leaving in the morning,” Ron Lagocki said. “He thought he’d be gone two or three days. When they arrived, they were overwhelmed with deceased people to deal and have been on the go constantly.”

Ron Lagocki said his son had always wanted to be a firefighter or paramedic and even took a class about disaster psychology and trauma as a teen.

“He says it’s a shock to see such devastation and people deal with grief and their lives being turned upside down,” Lagocki said. “But he also says it’s a good experience for him in the respect that he’s helping. He’s helping and caring for people and he knows they will get through it.”

LeCom Utility Helping to Restore Power in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

by webadmin 1. November 2012 12:48

LeCom Utility Helping to Restore Power in Wake of “Sandy”

Detroit Storm Restoration Unit Dispatches 40 Trucks and 70 Linemen to New Jersey

 

DETROIT (Nov. 1, 2012) –Members of LeCom Inc.’s Utility Construction Storm Restoration Team, a division of one of a family of companies owned by the Detroit, Michigan based Lentine Group, are working alongside New Jersey Power and Light linemen to help restore power to the Garden State’s residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

 

A two-mile caravan of 40 trucks carrying 70 linemen departed Detroit on Sunday to various locations to stand ready to assist with restoring power to the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents affected by the hurricane which hit the East Coast Monday morning.  LeCom linemen have been working alongside their local counterparts since yesterday bringing sub-stations back online and repairing feeder lines that will ultimately restore power for residents. The linemen will be working 16-hour shifts until power is restored.

 

“Our storm restoration team was formed in 2005 to respond to natural disasters like Sandy anywhere east of the Mississippi River,” said Anthony Lentine, Vice President of LeCom, Inc.  “Our teams are able to mobilize within 24 hours and we’re happy to be able to help the residents of New Jersey in a time of such great need.”

 

The LeCom team and trucks have been staged at various locations throughout New Jersey since Sunday evening preparing to assist with the power restoration efforts. “Our linemen were positioned out of harm’s way but close enough to be able to quickly respond after the storm had passed and it became safe enough to begin working,” said Lentine.

 

Calls of thanks have been pouring in to LeCom’s offices over the last few days from grateful New Jersey residents since the Detroit-based utility trucks arrived in their communities.  

 

LeCom has assisted with restoring power in the wake of other natural disasters in recent years including Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita in 2005, Gustave in 2008 and Earl in 2010 and after numerous wind and ice storms across New York, Kansas, Boston, Chicago, Maine, West Virginia and Ohio.   

 

About LeCom

Founded in 1980, LeCom, Inc. (www.lecomutility.com) has grown into a large company that performs contracting and installation services for communications and energy providers. It operates six offices and warehouses throughout metropolitan Detroit, including Port Huron and employs more than 200 highly skilled workers in its Communications and Utility Divisions.

 

The Utility Division provides services in all phases of power line construction, hybrid fiber/coax network construction as well as maintenance and emergency restoration services for major regional electrical providers.

 

Lecom Utility

For more than 25 years, America's largest communications and energy providers have turned to LeCom Utility contractors, Inc., when they need assistance connecting their customers. We are proud of the industry-wide respect we have built for reliable, dependable and quality service.

At LeCom, we have the experience, the resources and the track record for performance that our customers deserve and demand in their contracting partner.

As a member of the Lentine Group, LeCom belongs to a family of companies that have long histories and outstanding reputations in their respective industries.

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