570 News recognizes those who go “Above and Beyond” in Waterloo Region. Every week we will choose someone who has gone “Above and Beyond” in our community. Tell us who you think is deserving of next week’s award by filling out the nomination form.
This week we shine the spotlight on a Kitchener senior, who responded after a watermain break in his neighbourhood early last month.
80-year-old Don Syms was nominated by his neighbour, David Porter, who says Don worked in nearly a foot of water for two hours to clear slush and snow from a storm drain on McGarry Drive – soaked to the skin the entire time after being splashed repeatedly by passing vehicles. “Don was out there, trying to clear the storm drain, standing in ten inches of water, and one of the cars sped through and sent a wall of water right over him, so he got totally soaked.”
David says Don told him that once, when Don was a volunteer firefighter, he battled a blaze in minus 25 degree weather, and his coat froze then too. When he took it off, it stood up on the floor by itself!