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Northland Neighbors Help Out When Woman's Heater Breaks

A Liberty woman says that she's glad to be alive after spending two days in her home without any heat, with the temperatures inside the home hovering around 22 degrees.

Carol Slack, who is retired and in her 60's, says that her home felt like an igloo, and she didn't know what to do or who to call because she didn't have the money to fix her furnace.

She says that for two days, she huddled in quilts and blankets to keep warm.

"I just kept putting my hands and I put my coat on," said Slack. "I had to wear a coat in here with gloves so I could just get through."

Slack says that on Sunday night, feeling frostbitten, she called her neighbor for help, fearing that she may freeze to death if she didn't.

"I'm so embarrassed, but I'm just glad I'm alive," said Slack.

Neighbor Michelle Schlegel and her husband brought over this space heater and worked the phones trying to find someone to get slacks furnace working again.

"Her nose was pure white, she was shaking all over and stumbling a little bit, you could tell her joints were just freezing," said Schlegel. "I felt like I couldn't be anything fast enough. I started to make phone calls to all of the neighbors looking for space heaters and trying to find somebody who could help just right then, right there. I didn't want to see her spend another night cold."

Michael McGilton of Res Q Service, a heating and cooling company in the Northland, came to the rescue. Within 45 minutes McGilton replaced the blower motor in Slack's furnace and got her heat working again.

"When you are breathing smoke out of your mouth inside a house it's pretty cold," said McGilton. "The tops of the toilet water is freezing it's cold, it's too cold to bear."

Mcgilton says he's putting slack on a maintenance plan free of charge to make sure she's not in this situation again. As for Slack, she says that her heart is warmed knowing there are great people in the world willing to help a lady in need.

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