By Joyce DeWallace, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – Three years ago Phil Krause added an X Series Snow Thrower attachment to his Cub Cadet tractor. Far better than a snow blower, this powerful addition eats up whatever the toughest winter storm delivers. It quickly and easily clears extreme snow conditions like the five foot berms that town snow plows invariably leave at the top of driveways.
When Krause first got his new toy, he started clearing his own driveway and then added a neighbor who frequently travels. Then it was the sidewalks, and then more neighbors. Now he cruises the neighborhood watching for anyone who seems to be having trouble getting their driveway cleared. He often does four to eight neighbors and some sidewalks.
This winter Lynne McAtee and her husband John came down with a virulent flu putting them both out of commission. They were too sick to use their own snowblower. Krause magically appeared and did their whole driveway, not once but twice.
“We’re so grateful that Phil rescued us in our time of need,” Lynne said. “We live in a great neighborhood with caring people.”
Krause, who is a paramedic with the Worcester Emergency Medical Services, enjoys helping others and pitches in whenever he’s needed. To those he has saved from being trapped in their homes by the winter blasts Mother Nature and street plows deliver, he truly is a “snow angel.”