Positively Jax: Tree trimmers team up to help Jacksonville veteran

Living on a fixed income, Bobby Long couldn’t afford to remove two trees looming over his Oceanway home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – To most people, the sound of heavy machinery first thing in the morning is a symbol of hard, time-consuming work. For Bobby Long, a disabled veteran, that sound is heaven sent.

Long said that because he lives on a fixed income, he couldn’t afford to pay for the removal of two trees looming overhead that had become a hazard to his Oceanway home and property.

“I wanted to get them trimmed up at first, but the tree man told me they looked like they were about ready to fall,” Long said.

That’s why Canary Tree Services teamed up with Advanced Tree and Landscape Services to do the job for free. News4Jax asked Long if this gives him hope. He choked up with his answer.

“Yeah, yeah it does,” Long said. “It gives me hope for mankind because you don’t see that very often.”

Justin Hartmann, the owner of Canary Tree Services, said he was first contacted by Advanced Tree and Landscape Services about partnering up for the project. For Hartmann, signing on was a no-brainer.

“We do a program called ‘Tree Work for Heroes’ where we do 100-percent free work for veterans who are disabled or unable to pay for the service,” Hartmann said. “We’ll come out and do it for free for them.”

Hartmann said not only is this a great way to give back, it’s an appreciation felt by everyone involved.

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