Local Businessmen Step Up to Help Community Safety Forces

Screen Shot-1Keeping a city’s safety-service equipment in good shape can be a difficult challenge for many communities.

For the City of East Cleveland, vehicle maintenance had become an impossible challenge. Until last month.

That is when local businessmen Nick Mayer and Jim Milano stepped up to donate more than $50,000 in repair work, parts and labor. East Cleveland vehicles like fire trucks, EMS units and safety equipment units are back on the road.

“It humbled me to think that I was able to make that big of an impact,” said Mayer, head of Nick Mayer Lincoln in Westlake and Nick Mayer Marshall Ford in Mayfield Hts.

The project was initiated as part of a WKYC Channel 3 “See the Possible” campaign.

The need for the work was shared by the station with Milano, owner of Milano Monuments, who used his long-standing friendship with Mayer to put together a repair plan.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Jr. when the local heroes stepped up.

“My dad used to work with Channel 3 years ago in their Community Salute series,” said Milano. “They reached out to us for certain things in the community we could help with.”

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When Milano learned that East Cleveland residents were in danger because ambulances and even the fire chief’s car weren’t working, he called on Mayer. “I’ve known Nick since I was a kid, so I reached out to him and he said, sure, he would be glad to help”

Repairs were performed at Nick Mayer Lincoln in Westlake and Nick Mayer’s Marshall Ford in Mayfield Hts. Over 30 vehicles were repaired, addressing a variety of mechanical and bodywork to the tune of $50,000. With Milano donating the cost of the parts and Mayer providing the labor and equipment, East Cleveland residents today live in a safer community.

“All Nick said was, ‘Jim, if you endorse it, I’ll do it,” said Milano. “To think that someone in that community could have fallen or had a heart attack and the services wouldn’t be there to help them – well, we didn’t want that to happen.”

The Channel 3 video of this “See the Possible” segment is at this address: http://youtu.be/nJ8la8ITfC4

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