Local company comes to disabled man's rescue

Way cleared to restore power to man's home

Albert Davila and his crew of volunteers cleared the way to restore power for a diabetic man who has an amputated leg.

SAN ANTONIO – When Albert Davila first saw the huge branches that had crashed down on the power line to Richard Rodriguez's house, he said, "It was a little overwhelming to see the damage that had been caused by these monster limbs."

He said the electric meter had shorted out when the line fell, sending sparks flying.

"Luckily, the house didn't catch fire," Davila said.

Davila, who is the owner of a successful electric company, should know. When Rodriguez, a diabetic with an amputated leg — and on a limited income — was told it is his responsibility to remove the tree so that CPS Energy could restore his power, he found Davila's company.

Davila said when he and his employees saw Rodriguez in his wheelchair, learned of his medical problems — and that Rodriguez's mother had died last year — they knew they had to help.

"I admire the man. He's tough. He doesn't complain," Davila said. "He just wanted somebody to come out here and look at the situation."

Davila and his crew of volunteers not only repaired the electrical panels outside Rodriguez's home, they spent Wednesday clearing the way in the badly overgrown backyard for CPS Energy to put up its power line.

Davila said he expects CPS Energy to restore power on Thursday.

"Oh, it's amazing!" Rodriguez said.

He said there's no way he could have done what they did by himself.

Davila said if anyone would like to help with repairs to Rodriguez's home, they can call Davila Electric at 210-436-1551.

About the Authors:

Jessie Degollado has been with KSAT since 1984. She is a general assignments reporter who covers a wide variety of stories. Raised in Laredo and as an anchor/reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley, Jessie is especially familiar with border and immigration issues. In 2007, Jessie also was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.

William Caldera has been at KSAT since 2003. He covers a wide range of stories including breaking news, weather, general assignments and sports.