In an era of bad news and gridlock, one Wisconsin man is making headlines for doing something incredibly positive.
After someone vandalized Graceland Cemetery in Clintonville, Wisconsin, in March, Jeremy Gretzinger, a landscaper, stepped up to the plate to help out.
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Gretzinger and his family decided to offer their support free of charge, helping fix $2,000 in damage inflicted on the grass, $700 worth of damage to graves, and other more minor issues, WFRV-TV reported.
“This is a blessing,” Darrell Hansen, administrator of Graceland, said of the kind deed.
Gretzinger, who owns Gretzinger Landscaping and Evergreens, first saw the damage on Facebook. Considering his grandparents are buried at Graceland, his connection to the cemetery is personal.
“Right now, it seems that there are a lot of things that seem to be negatively driven, and I just wanted people to know that there’s some positivity,” Gretzinger said of his reasons for helping.
He didn’t want to be seen “as a hero” but simply wanted to fix the issues inflicted on the cemetery and “make the negativity go away.” Plus, Gretzinger sees it as a chance to inspire others.
“Maybe I can influence somebody else to do a good deed or something,” the landscaper added.
Gretzinger said he hopes the repaired damage to one of the graves helps give the family of the deceased loved one some peace.
But it seems Gretzinger, too, took something away from the experience.
“Whenever you do a good deed or do something good, it makes you feel great,” he told WFRV-TV.
Police are still looking for the person responsible for the damage.
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