‘Hero’ Plumber Comes to Widow’s Rescue

Wedding ring slips off finger of 97-year-old grandmother and goes down the drain; days-old pup saved by plumber dies; apprentice wins international skills competition; U.K. contractor faces fraud charges.
‘Hero’ Plumber Comes to Widow’s Rescue
Plumber Liam Carr saves the day for grandmother of six.

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Liam Carr, 25, became an elderly widow’s hero this week when he rescued her wedding ring that had fallen off her finger and into a sink drain. The 97-year-old grandmother of six was washing her hands when the ring slipped off.

Carr, a five-year employee of Eco-Aqua Services, removed the U-bend from beneath the sink but could not find the ring. Cleaning debris from the trap, he found the heirloom, which had been given to the widow by her late husband, who passed away 10 years ago.

The widow called Carr a hero for finding the ring that had been in her possession since she was 20.

“I was determined not to leave the house without ensuring the ring was back on her finger,” Carr says.

Pup rescued from drainpipe has died

A days-old pup, rescued by a Phoenix plumber Aug. 21 has died. The pup, too young to open its eyes, was trapped in a drainpipe for about 10 hours. Police discovered the pup through the use of a CCTV inspection camera in a drug-related search.

“We had her on camera the whole time so we could see that she was breathing, moving around,” Nicole McCormick of the Arizona Humane Society told ABC 15 News. “We tried to make contraptions out of coat hangers, just making loops and little hooks to try to snag her, but it just wasn’t working because it was so tight.”

Plumber Ken Brown, owner of On Track Services, eventually freed the pup, which was stuck 35 feet into the 2-inch pipe.

The pup died two days later at the Second Chance Animal Hospital after being reunited with its mother and two siblings.

Spokane plumber wins international trade competition

Mike Harris, 33, a union apprentice plumber in Spokane, Washington, took top honors at last month’s United Association International Apprentice Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 64-hour, six-day competition evaluates contestant’s plumbing, drafting and interviewing skills.

Harris won the state competition in May and qualified for the June regional in Salt Lake City before moving on to the international event. Contestants were required to assemble copper and steel joints and elbows in a series of steps with minimal direction and were tested on their plumbing, pipfitting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning abilities. Harris placed first in the plumbing portion.

“It was intense,” says Harris, a member of the UA Local 44 Plumbers and Pipefitters union in Spokane.

Harris says he entered the profession because of the brotherhood, union wages and pension benefits.

Union apprenticeships consist of 244 hours of classroom training through the local and five years and 10,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Trial date set for plumber accused of overcharging customers

A March trial date has been set for a U.K. plumber accused of overcharging elderly customers thousands of dollars for plumbing and heating work done in their homes. John Paul Pottle, 44, who faces 11 fraud charges, appeared in court last week. A plea hearing is scheduled for November. Pottle remains free on bail.


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