AMERICAN INTEGRITY RESTORATION HELPS
BUILD HOME FOR FAMILY IN NEED
On April 6th, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life, forever changing the Walker family. For almost a year, Carl had told his mother, Sirdeaner Walker about the many incidents of kids bullying him at school. The family still hasn¹t been able to return to normal after this tragic event, but they have focused their energy on helping others. The family has turned this tragic accident into something positive by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying.
The Walker house is a living memory of the most horrific night in any family’s lives. The 3rd floor is where Carl Walker took his own life. As a result, the family cannot bare the sadness of being on that floor. Now, Sirdeaner and her two children sleep in the living room on a couch and two rollaway beds. In addition, they are forced to store their clothes and daily belongings in plastic containers and bags, creating a cramped and cluttered environment. The grandmother, who lives in the house with the family can’t access the 2nd floor as the stairs are impossible for her to use. The house is over 100 years old and in significant disrepair with structural, plumbing and electrical problems.
The EM:HE design team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the Walker family, a new facility that meets their current needs and also honors Carl in a positive way without the haunting memories of the 3rd floor. The Walker family was whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris, John Littlefield, American Integrity Restoration and local builder N. Riley Construction, Inc. as well as community volunteers, built the structure while bringing together organizations to join the episode theme of ³stand together² in the fight against bullying.
“We’re honored to help a family that fights bullying,” said Steve Weir, owner of American Integrity Restoration (AIR), based in Glastonbury and Milford, Connecticut.
American Integrity Restoration assisted by providing drying services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of September 12, 2011 and the episode will air this Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8pm ET on ABC.
“As a disaster restoration company, the core of our business is helping people restore their lives after a tragedy,” said Weir. “Most times, it is after a fire or flood. Bullying is a scary reality to have to deal with. As a parent, my highest priority is to protect our children from physical and emotional violence and intimidation. Hats off to the Walkers for turning their loss into positive action.”
American Integrity Restoration has provided insurance restoration in Connecticut since 2005 and has been a DKI Member since 2010. DKI is the exclusive dry down vendor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.