Vietnam Veteran Found Frozen To Death After Gas Shut Off

Vietnam Veteran Found Frozen To Death After Gas Shut Off

January 08, 2016

Vietnam Veteran Found Frozen To Death After Gas Shut Off

A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran was found frozen to death in his home in Hazel Park, Michigan. Veteran John Skelley, who had been battling throat cancer, was found dead from hypothermia in his home after his gas service was disconnected by Consumers Energy.

Why did this happen? That is what the state of Michigan is trying to determine as they ordered Consumers Energy to provide them with an investigative report.

Skelley’s daughter, Tanya Mitchell, was also seeking answers. She told reporters that her father was suffering from throat cancer but had been out of touch with his family, who did not know where he was living.

And while there was an outstanding balance of $760.28 - which was in the name of another man - there are laws in place that prevent cutting off utilities of older residents in winter with programs to help them pay off their balance.

According to Michigan Public Service Commission spokeswoman Judy Palnau, utility companies are prohibited from from shutting off heat to homes of residents aged 65 and older during the winter months - specifically between November 1 and March 31.

The state - and the Vietnam veteran's family - would like to know why Consumers Energy did not follow their own shutoff protection protection for people 65 and older.

"This recent Hazel Park death from apparent hypothermia is indeed tragic, and our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and all who've been affected by his loss," the company said in a statement. "Following today's order from the Michigan Public Service Commission, we will file a report about this incident." The report is due March 31.

In the only bit of good news to come out of the tragic death of this Vietnam veteran, Hangin' with the Heroes, a metro Detroit-based organization that helps veterans, pooled resources and raised money to provide Skelley with a full military burial.

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5 Responses

Also a vet
Also a vet

February 22, 2016

How can this surprise you?
As long as people keep voting for Republicans & Democrats we will continue to have a government that’s supports corporate rights over individual rights.
They shouldn’t be allowed to cut off heat to anyone regardless of age.

Also a vet
Also a vet

February 22, 2016

No, this is just stupid people wanting to look like they care. Every vet can be buried by the at no cost to the family unless the family chooses other options.

Christopher Tri
Christopher Tri

February 22, 2016

What. The. HELL?? “This death is indeed tragic”? That’s all this pisspoor company has to say??? How about “We were stupid, careless, and money hungry.” Worthless bags of s**t!

Nikki Newton
Nikki Newton

February 22, 2016

Besides the disgrace that caused his death, someone please tell me why funds had to be raised for a military funeral. My Son just graduated Army basic and is currently in AIT. What is this country and the Big Wigs that decide if you freeze to death over money gonna NOT do for my son and all the sons and daughters fighting for our freedom? Not even a decent military funeral? Utterly disgraceful!

chad morrissette
chad morrissette

February 22, 2016

I am a Veterans Minister trying to help vet’s with PTSD . I own and run Serenity MT Ministries INC. I would do any thing to help our homeless vet .

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