Brookhaven Councilman John Wilwert and his wife, Lori, were in Hershey on a recent Tuesday night when they got a frantic call from their son, Tim,  telling them a tree had fallen on top of their Trimble Boulevard home.

“My son was at home at the time and barely got out of the house,” Wilwert said. “When we arrived home, Lori and I couldn’t believe our eyes.”

An estimated 3,000-pound tree was literally sticking out of the side of their house and the damage was so extreme that Wilwert’s home has been condemned.

The Wilwert’s are staying with family in the area.

Brookhaven Councilman John Wilwert is used to helping others but as a result of last month’s violent storm, is on the other side of the helping equation as he and his family lost their home to damage caused by high winds and rain.

Brookhaven Councilman John Wilwert is used to helping others but as a result of last month’s violent storm, is on the other side of the helping equation as he and his family lost their home to damage caused by high winds and rain.

“My son was in his bedroom minutes before that tree struck,” Wilwert said. “He was watching from a downstairs window and called to tell me that one of our trees was moving back and forth. The wind was so powerful and even though the tree was large, the roots were very shallow and it was just picked up from the ground.”

Since the storm of two weeks ago that devastated much of the area hit, the Wilwert’s have experienced the best of humanity.

“We are truly amazed at how many people, not only from Brookhaven, but from surrounding communities, have stopped to wish us well, offer help, and some have even given me money for dinner and things we might need,” Wilwert said. Of course, I refuse the money, but the people insist they want to help us.”

He said complete strangers stop to see if he and his family are doing okay, and for that, Wilwert is very thankful.

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