Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Couple found trapped by their own junk!

From Chicago Breaking News...of a couple who were trapped by their own junk!

An elderly couple who authorities described as hoarders were found buried alive under mounds of trash in their South Side two-flat Monday night and may have been there for as long as three weeks, authorities said this morning.

"It (the residence) was packed from floor to ceiling," said Police Lt. Dale Kingsley.

Police conducting a well-being check at the request of a neighbor about 6:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of East 69th Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood detected an overpowering odor and called the Fire Department to make a forced entry, police said.

A fire official on the scene said couple had not been heard from for three weeks and the 75-year-old woman had injuries that resembled rat bites. Both she and her 76-year-old husband were taken to Jackson Park Hospital in critical condition, but a nurse there said this morning their conditions were improved, although they still were in intensive care.

(more on the website)
Thankfully, they are still alive!

However, it's a stark reminder that we need to know our neighbors, and check in on them every so often.

We complain about trash...but we need to be humble enough sometimes to ask for help, and be generous (and not selfish) to give things to people who may need them. Or, if you need the money, work with someone to sell things on e-bay!


  1. I concur with you on your comments. I have been pushing to get a community shred day going for a while because as we see that acculating waste is not only physically dangerous it also can spell financial ruin if sensitive information gets into the wrong hands.

    Also, I have several post at CCC that list resources that will pay you for your "junk" that include Ebay and Best Buy. There are several certified ebay trainers in the community and others including myself who sell on ebay frequently.

  2. There are several cetrified e-bay trainers?

    It'd make a great post for the near future...

  3. Ill. Service Federal held a community shred event last month. Sorry I didn't think to post it. Will do better in the future.

    But we really do need to do a better job of looking out for one another!

  4. Thanks for the correction Alderman Lyle and I will follow up with them to see if they will have anymore.

    Also, are the city of chicago well being checks being processed on a timely basis?


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