Snow Angel No. 5: Heat that can't be beat
by Madasyn Czebiniak
Feb 02, 2014 | 3218 views |  0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shawn Movitz (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
Shawn Movitz (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)
Shawn Movitz didn’t expect to be recognized as a hero when he wrote a post on the wall of the “What’s Happening in Jacksonville, Alabama” Facebook group Wednesday morning.

The post said that Shawn’s company, Air Medic, would do its best to help anyone in the area without heat and would waive service fees, charging only for parts.

Before long the post received several likes, numerous “God Bless Yous,” and Movitz was pulling on his gear and heading out into the cold.

Movitz said he first thought about driving around to see who needed help when the snow hit, but then thought to himself “What am I going to do, knock on every door?” So instead he decided to let everyone know of his plan to help on Facebook. He was surprised at the response he received.

Air Medic staff helped six people during the cold spell, Movitz said, from Piedmont to Pleasant Valley.

“I thought I could provide whatever I could for people,” Movitz said, adding that he, himself, had been in their shoes before. In 1995, when Movitz moved to Alabama from Nevada, he lived in a single-wide trailer without any heat.

“We couldn’t afford propane and froze to death the first two months until we were able to raise up enough money to get a tank filled. And I said then, ‘There’s just no way you can survive in something like this,’” he said.

Movitz said an elderly customer was almost in tears when one of his workers managed to fix her heat.

Movitz said the woman was worried about finding herself without heat in something like the record snowstorm of 1993.

“I wish I could have took that call,” he said. “I just love to help the elderly. There’s nothing like it.”

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