On a windy morning in July, little Zyair was playing and riding his scooter near the basketball court of his apartment complex. The placid, familiar scene came crashing to a decisive end when a large tree branch suddenly fell on Zyair.
A thick branch crushed the scooter and left the child with minor scratches and bruises. One of Zyair’s shoes was thrown off as the tree collapsed.
The next day, a crew from Rod’s Tree Service removed the downed tree. Zyair watched from afar as the tree workers revved their chainsaws and fed branches into a grinder.
Slowly, the boy moved closer to the tree and the workers. He finally moved near enough to glance around and find his missing shoe.
“I was happy the tree was being chopped down and was happy that I got my shoe back,” Zyair says. “I am scared to go past a tree now.”
Dorethea Savage, the boy’s grandmother, breathed a sigh of sighed of relief when she told me how fortunate her family had been to have young Zyair escape with only minor scratches.
“I want management to cut all of these old and rotted dead trees down,” she says. “I think my grandson son is very brave. He is a trooper. He did not even cry.”
A few days later, Dorethea Savage, spoke with management. They compensated the child with a new scooter and $570.
As for the tree, it was completely chopped down and reduced to sawdust.