MIDWEST CITY — Her hazel eyes filled with tears as she watched the sweat-drenched roofers lay shingles.
“It’s a blessing, it’s a blessing, it’s a blessing,” Sue Bridges said.
She and her husband, Perry, have needed a new roof since January. But after Perry’s disabling medical emergency in September, paying for one wasn’t possible.
After being rejected by various nonprofit and government programs, they felt hopeless.
“Nobody would help,” she said.
In one last attempt, Sue wrote a post about her situation on Facebook.
Parker Bros. Roofing and Affordable Contruction Co., two competing contractors based in the metro area, took on the job for free.
On Sept. 20, Perry suffered an aortic dissection. The major artery carrying blood out of his heart tore.
He was given a 1 percent chance to live, Sue said. Against all odds, he did. But it wasn’t easy — physically, emotionally, or financially.
In the process, he spent months in the hospital. For 26 days, he was in a coma. He contracted infections he had to fight.
Sue hardly left his side during the months of hospitalization.
“I said, ‘I walked in here with you; I’m walking out of here with you,’” she said.
Bills to pay
The struggle didn’t end when they crossed OU Medical Center’s threshold.
“I had to make a choice on which bills ... to pay,” Sue said. The homeowners insurance was one of the first to go.
On New Year’s Day, a storm pelted the Bridges’ already weak roof. Water started coming through the ceiling.
“It rained, literally, in our living room,” Sue said.
The couple had to place pots, pans and trash cans throughout the house to catch the water.
The situation didn’t improve later.
Help from above
That all changed Tuesday morning, when roofers from Parker Bros. and Affordable Construction Co. showed up.
The job cost about $6,000 for parts and labor, which were donated by the firms.
“The look on her face — that’s our reward,” said James McConnel, sales and installation manager at Parker Bros.
He and Danny Bonham, sales manager at Affordable Construction Co., spent the morning at the Bridges’ home in Midwest City, overseeing the operation.
“They are just from heaven,” she said. “They are saving our lives. They really are.”