Harold Gump, Consumers Energy electric service worker in Bronson, is a highly regarded guy these days judging by his rising number of Facebook friends. A dozen new friends to be exact. And they all have one thing in common: they thank Gump for his heroism on a chilly night last fall.
Gump was heading home a little after 2 a.m. on US 12 after a 16-hour shift. He was about two miles from his house when he noticed flames from a nearby property. Without thinking twice, Gump pulled his car up to the property.
He noticed flames, originating from the garage, encroaching the home. He ran to the back door of the house and knocked on it. No answer. He ran to the front door and pounded as hard as he could.
“I hit it so hard I thought I was going to break it down,” Gump said. “I never had my adrenaline going like that.”
Luckily for the couple Nick McCormick and his wife, Christa, they heard the knocking.
“We feel extremely fortunate that Harold was driving by,” said Nick. “We had our two young children and niece and nephew with us that night. I hate to think what would’ve happened if he didn’t wake us up.”
Gump said he has been thanked more times than he can count.
“Nick and his wife thanked me, his mother thanked me, his mother in law, his brother in law – you name it,” he said. “And I have some new Facebook friends including them and other relatives. It’s kind of neat.”
Gump said he was thankful for the nice words and new friends, but he doesn’t think he did anything special.
Nick, a neighbor, always thought highly of Gump.
“He’s a good neighbor, always there when somebody needs help,” he said. “He’s such a humble guy. I am sure he thinks it’s no big deal. But I am glad that he’s my neighbor – that’s for sure.”
Part of Gump’s job at Consumers Energy is to respond to house fires so he can turn off the power, if necessary, for firefighters to fight the blaze.
“It’s the first time I’ve had to help get somebody out,” he said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat. No doubt about it.”