Agency helps elderly woman after AC breaks

80-year-old needed "every ounce of strength" to survive
Agency helps elderly woman after AC breaks

A Wisconsin organization helped save at least one woman from the week’s dangerously hot weather.

On a day when temperatures soared past 100, Lottie Truman dreaded being inside.

“I didn’t know what else to do,” said Truman. “I had the fan going and I’d be sitting like this with the fan blowing right on me and I’d be sipping water.”

Truman said her thermostat read 102.

“It was like you were in an oven,” said Truman. “If you can imagine something that hot. My shirt just got soaking wet from perspiration.”


With her air conditioner broken, a phone call to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund could have saved the 80-year-old’s life.

“They’re the ones that got me my air conditioner a few years back because doctors said I needed it for my health,” said Truman.

Tim Bruer with the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund was able to repair Truman’s air conditioner a few hours after she called, at no cost to her.

“What we were able to do was respond to an 11th hour call for help with an air conditioner she needed to basically survive,” said Bruer. “These are people who at no fault of their own are choosing between eating and heating.”

With her newly-fixed AC, Truman can stay cool for the rest of the weekend. But she won’t soon forget the struggle she endured just a few hours prior.

“It took every ounce of strength I had yesterday to survive,” said Truman. “I won’t do nothing today except sit here and drink ice water.”

Donations to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund can be made by sending a check to PO Box 68 in Madison or by calling 608-333-0809. 

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