F&S’ Luis Michel’s Help a “Matter of Life and Death”

As Told by Rose Sisco, Illinois Extension
Mumford Hall

“It was really fortuitous.”

Pat on the Back

“You know how bad it was on Monday. I got out of my car where I park out back at Mumford Hall. That day, it was a sheet of ice. I couldn’t get out.” Before Rose could think or notice, Luis Michel, a pipefitter was on his way to assist her to the door.

“I got out and was walking gingerly. He took my other arm and walked me on the ice all the way up and in the building.”

“I’m not surprised, no.”

“I’ve never met a F&S member who wasn’t nice. They’ve always been very nice. I keep my door open in Mumford and any F&S person who comes by, they all come say hi.”

“I’ve been here 30 years, so I know a lot of them already, but I had never met Luis. But he stopped what he was doing, getting something out of his truck, stopped dead when he saw me. I didn’t even ask, he just came over and said, ‘do you need help into the building.’ That would be great.”

Said Luis’ supervisor, Doug Winkler: “I would like to say that I’m not surprised that Luis would help a stranger. He is the type of guy who would help out anyone that needed it. He is a great worker and even better person. I think this is a good example of how F&S staff are not just good at their jobs but good caring people.”

“It would have been life-threatening if I fell. When I was younger, I had a lot of damage from a previous accident, so if I fall, it’s a 911 call with an ambulance. So for me, it really was a matter of life and death,” Sisco said.

“It’s indicative of F&S. A lot of them worked here when they did some remodeling to Mumford in the 1990s. I used to bake them cookies. I have never met one that wasn’t nice. Luis doing that is very indicative of who they are. I would not expect [unasked aid] but it didn’t surprise me that he did that.”