Full Service Westside
When most people think of Newcomb Warehouse, they think of the company’s twenty-five years of outstanding storage and trucking services and of their expert employees. On Tuesday, January 29th, these employees gained recognition for another kind of service to the community—they rescued a litter of piglets from a terrible barn fire. On the afternoon of the 29th, one of Newcomb Warehouse’s truck drivers noticed smoke coming from a property farther down on Grandview Avenue, but could not tell what had caught fire. Concerned for their neighbors, Newcomb Warehouse sent Baker, one of their long-time employees over to investigate. Baker only had to drive a short distance to discover the source of the fire, a large barn quickly getting engulfed in flames. When Baker arrived, he saw a volunteer firefighter already on the scene calling for reinforcements. Content the Muscatine Fire Department would soon have the situation in hand, Baker prepared to head back to work. However, just as Baker turned his car around to go, he saw a woman in a sport utility vehicle (SUV) skid off the road and into a snowbank. Sensing the woman’s distress, he pulled his car alongside hers and asked if she needed help. Much to his surprise, the woman asked him to take care of a small litter of piglets she had rescued from the barn. She presented him with a basket of four piglets, which he accepted and drove back to Newcomb Warehouse. When Baker returned, Nicole Newcomb and her sisters sprang into action to take care of the piglets. They lined the bottom of a dog crate with towels and placed the piglets inside it, along with a space heater. The piglets felt quite content in their temporary home and stayed toasty and warm until Tracy Heuer could come and take them on a more long-term basis. While the Newcombs tended the piglets, Baker contacted the police to let them know they had the piglets so that their owners would not think they had gone missing. Baker later learned that the barn burned to the ground, but that it’s owners, Paige Sours and her boyfriend Josh, had successfully rescued the piglet’s mother. Once the sow recovers from her burns and Sours finds a new enclosure for her animals, the piglets will get to return to their home. Though the employees at Newcomb Warehouse do not typically rescue animals, their willingness to help out in a pinch saved the lives of four lucky young piglets. More than that, their selfless concern for their neighbors truly shows their kindness and concern for others and what an important role they play in our local community.
Full Service Westside