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Stamford Trucking Company Delivers Water to Houston

By Rosie Cunningham


Michael O’Connor of Stamford with his son Sean, in front of one of his Stamford-based company trucks, donated his time and service to those who were effected by disastrous Hurricane Harvey. 
Contributed Photo Michael O’Connor of Stamford with his son Sean, in front of one of his Stamford-based company trucks, donated his time and service to those who were effected by disastrous Hurricane Harvey. Contributed Photo STAMFORD - Water, water everywhere - but not a drop to drink. This is why Michael O’Connor, of Stamford, decided to send drinking water to Houston following the onslaught of Tropical Storm Harvey, which unleashed catastrophic flooding Aug. 26.

The husband, father of three and owner of Michael O’Connor Trucking, organized the trip last week, doing what he could to help out. The delivery was made Sept. 9 (truck was loaded Sept. 7).

“My aunt, Sheila Gallagher, lives in Cairo and she used to live in Houston,” said O’Connor. “She contacted me and said she was collecting supplies and could I send a truck. When I arrived, I realized she didn’t have enough stuff. So, I got a hold of Phil Gerster (Gerster Trucking out of Davenport) and put what she had collected on his truck because he was sending goods and supplies down as well.”


A Michael O’Connor Trucking rig out of Stamford delivered a load of Nirvana Water to San Antonio Sept. 9. 
Contributed Photo A Michael O’Connor Trucking rig out of Stamford delivered a load of Nirvana Water to San Antonio Sept. 9. Contributed Photo According to O’Connor, after discussion with Gerster, he sent one of his own down, too, full of donated Nirvana Spring Water.

“My driver Mark Lutz, delivered the shipment to San Antonio,” he said.

While O’Connor and his company donated their time, Don and Debbie Coager of South Kortright, donated the fuel.

“I do believe it is important to give back during times like these,” said O’Connor. “But, this is what we do everyday - we haul things from point A to point B. So, to be able to help people in the process of doing what we already do, is a great thing.”

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