Letter to the editor
On March 17, 2008, Cpl. Levi was severely injured in Iraq when his armored Humvee was hit by an improvised exploding device. He suffered critical injuries, including the loss of both legs and severe damage to his right arm.
On the news I watched members of the Holbrook, New York, Fire Department along with local contractors and volunteers renovating the Levi home to make it wheelchair accessible. Immediately I dropped what I was doing, jumped into my truck and went to the Levi house. I wanted to make the outdoor living space as nice as the newly renovated interior.
I made several phone calls reaching out to some of my vendors and without any hesitation they were all on board with anything I needed. The following local businesses contributed material and/or services: Bissett Nursery, Belli Top Soil, All County Block & Supply Corp., D&D Perfection Irrigation, JPC Excavating, DeLea Sod Farms, Emerald Magic/Christmas Decor, Pioneer Paving and Sam’s B.C. Nurseries. I cannot forget my close friend, Louis Serra, who donated physical labor.
Working in frigid temperatures and occasional snow my mason, my landscape crews and I completed grading, drainage, sprinklers, plantings, a sod lawn, rock walls, brick walkways, a brick wheelchair ramp, and a driveway. Working there was a reminder of where my freedom comes from. -Stephen Mazelis