|Published:||Feb 18, 2014 5:15 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 18, 2014 5:21 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - "We couldn't let someone sit by without power. If we knew we could help, we wanted to reach out to her and do what we could for her," said Mike Nagel of IBEW Local 349.
A hot afternoon didn't stop total strangers from helping a Cape Coral woman, with cancer. We first told you about Frances Ballester on Valentine's Day.
LCEC turned her power off, after Ballester's landlord forgot to pay the bill. Ballester relied on that electricity to breathe, but someone messed with the meter.
"The panel came off. one of my neighbors, put that thing up, so I could have my oxygen," said Ballester, in an interview last week.
LCEC couldn't turn it back on, until a tampering fee was paid, and the meter was fixed. But she didn't have the money, until the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, saw our story, and offered to do the work for free.
"We couldn't just stand by and consciously do nothing," said Nagel.
The IBEW, along with Unity Electric and Young's Electric, fixed the meter, and brought the system up to code, with a stamp of approval from the City.
"Hopefully this will never happen to her again," said Nagel.
LCEC agreed to work out a payment plan with Ballester. WINK News spoke with them, they said once their system has confirmed a plan is in place, the lights will go back on.