Editorial: Good neighbors ... our community blessed by inventor and minister

Kudos to two Southwest Floridians going the extra mile.

Gary Kluckhuhn of Naples turns hardship into helpful innovation. A story in this paper the other day told how Kluckhuhn, while recovering from nearly fatal car-crash injuries, came to learn how some patients can require truly “heavy lifting” assistance for chores such as going to the bathroom. It leaves everybody, patients and those around them who are unable to do that much work — feeling helpless and frustrated. His Angel Hands device combines mechanical engineering and physics — and compassion — to get the job done.

Meanwhile, Pastor John Gilman of Copeland Baptist Church has started what we hope becomes a tradition, a blessing of the fleet for fishing and crabbing boats around Everglades City. The initial ceremony the other day reminded us how dangerous it can be out there on the water — and if it summoned a little extra help from above, we will enjoy the bounty when it is cracked, fried or broiled.

A toast to Kluckhuhn and the Rev. Gilman.

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