Bob Lindstrom Needs Some Help!
If you know Chief Bob Lindstrom, you know he has served the public and our country for his entire adult life. 11 Years in the United States Air Force Fire Protection at Ellsworth AFB, in South Dakota, Kunsan AFB in the Republic of South Korea, Kelly AFB, in Texas, King Salmon AFB in AK, and Eglin AFB, FL. Bob’s last assignment in the Air Force was as an instructor supervisor for a Wartime Firefighting School for USAF and NATO Firefighters.
After his Honorable Discharge, Bob served almost 4 years as a Shift Commander for the City of Charlevoix, Michigan Fire Department. Bob left MI to fill the position of Fire Chief at Will Rogers International Airport for 5 years under Wackenhut Services, Inc. and nearly 10 years for Pro-Tec Fire Services, LTD.
During Bob’s career, he made time to serve as Chairman of the NFPA Aviation Technical Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group, where he ultimately was elected to Chairman. He served briefly as the Fire Chief at Eppley Airfield in Omaha Nebraska.
Bob returned to Oklahoma and resumed working for himself as a handyman taking on repairs and renovations while working at the local Lowes.
Over the last several years, Bob noticed he was having trouble with his short term memory and found himself more and more confused. The condition rapidly accelerated and pretty soon he could not hold a job, or drive a car. The situation has continued to get worse and Bob and his wife Sandy lost their home and automobile. Sandy continues to work full time, but most of her wages are committed to paying off the debt that accumulated during this decline.
Bob is currently living at a Veterans Administration shelter and is scheduled for an MRI and a number of neurological tests. Sandy lives with a dear friend who is driving her back and forth to work each day.
Bob is still too proud to ask for help, but if ever there was a good man that needed help, it is Bob. He and Sandy have begun the process of requesting a Social Security disability. Sadly, unless treatment causes a remarkable improvement, Bob will never be able to work again.
In the meantime, I’m hoping Bob’s many friends can help them along the way. If Sandy had a reliable used car, she could get herself back and forth to work and go to see Bob at the VA. They recognize they have no choice but to file for bankruptcy, but do not have the $1,200 it cost to file that claim. $5,000 may be a conservative number for those 2 goals.
If you know Bob, or even if you don’t but are touched by his story, I’m hoping you will donate whatever you can. It all adds up.
Thank you! God Bless!