Community Rallying Around Transfer Station Worker

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Many Westonians who have used Weston Transfer Station facilities recently have noticed the absence of Steve Schertzer who has worked for the Town for 15 years. Over the last week, chatter on the community page has revealed that Steve has been suffering from major medical issues, and a Weston resident has organized a fundraising page on his behalf.

According to information on the page, Steve is currently experiencing serious medical issues that have resulted in two brain surgeries, seizures, and countless hospital bills. After the news of his illness was received throughout the town, several local residents suggested setting up a GoFundMe account.

“Financial support will alleviate some of [Steve’s] struggles during this trying time. Steve and his family are incredibly grateful for everyone that has reached out to see how they can help. Any donation, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated by the family. Funds donated will be directly deposited into Steve’s personal banking account through the GoFundMe site.”

According to one resident who spoke with Steve, while the long-time transfer station employee did have insurance through the town, he has incurred debt because GIC (the state’s group insurance commission) did not cover 100% of the costs of the medical tests and procedures he required.

The Owl most recently ran into Steve at Leaftopia (aka the Brush Dump), where he was monitoring the dropping off of mountains of leaves and brush. While not a Transfer Station regular, the Owl was greeted as always with a smile and friendly chatter–though less than usual. Weston misses you, Steve, and wishes you and your family the best.

If you would like to contribute to Steve’s medical expenses, please visit the GoFundMe here.

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