Town steps up while friend is down

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BUCKLEY, Ill. (WCIA) — The only thing stronger than this man’s work ethic is his relationship with his friends.

Thursday Buckley Village Maintenance Manager Donald Miller called WCIA from the hospital. He had a stoke Sunday, but he didn’t want to talk about that: instead, he told us all about how people in Buckley stepped up when they heard he was down. 

Evan Scott Shockley, former mayor and longtime friend of Miller’s, was one of those people. He organized a group of volunteers do Miller’s job while he couldn’t. Along with Shockley and his wife, Kenny Wagner, Ross Cluver, Jim Biggs, Craig Teske, Keith Hartke and Mike Coleman also helped. 

“We had six lawnmowers going, two people were in the village truck picking up brush piles,” he said. “Just wanted to help Donnie out.”

Miller has been working for the village for several years, and Shockley says he’s one of the hardest workers they’ve ever had. He does everything from mowing to repairs, going above and beyond to make the town look good. 

“He’s not just eight hours,” Shockley’s wife Peggy said. “He’s all over the place every day: Saturday, Sunday, nights.”

The Shockley’s say Miller does it because he loves Buckley and the people who live there. It’s clear that they love him, too.  
  
    

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