Local company removes tree that fell on Sagamore Hills home, injuring elderly man, for free

CLEVELAND - A local tree removal company took it upon themselves to clean up the mess left behind by a contractor that dropped a tree on a Sagamore Hills home the Sunday before Thanksgiving, sending an elderly man to the hospital. 

Lisa Devenport, operations manager of Barberton Tree Service, said she was sitting with her husband on the couch when they saw the News 5 report

"We were watching at home and thought to ourselves 'we need to do something,'" she said. 

Lore Creque said her family hired Alternative Property Maintenance the Sunday before Thanksgiving to cut down a tree in her father's backyard that was damaged by a storm. Creque said as soon as the company started chopping, the tree crashed onto her parent's back porch, trapping her 82-year-old father underneath.

Devenport reached out to Creque and offered free cleanup and removal of the tree.

"We are doing this at no charge for them today to get them through their holidays," said Devenport. "They've had enough tragedy so we're hoping to have everything cleaned up for them so they can enjoy their holidays and spend time with their dad who is still in the hospital from what I understand."

Devenport said she received a text from elderly man's daughter saying "We were her angels."

"This is our neighbor in a sense. We know these people have already had enough tragedy," Devenport said.

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