December 13, 2013

Citizen of the Week: Daniel “Boonie” Wise

The Daily Citizen

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” — Marley’s ghost in “A Christmas Carol”

Daniel Wise, who is known as “Boonie” to his friends, has always been a kind person, but the owner of a local heating and air conditioning business recently showed an unusual kindness to some of his clients at a time when they could use it most.

Cohutta resident Joe Campbell said his father, Jake Campbell, recently suffered from an illness that took his life earlier this month. Shortly before that happened, as he was bedridden and receiving care, Jake Campbell and his wife began having trouble with their home heating system. The technician who came out to fix the problem discovered there was no freon in the unit, Joe Campbell said, and he said that since there were no leaks in the equipment, it was likely because someone stole the freon.

Joe Campbell, who knew Wise because Campbell had previously coached his daughter in basketball, said he called Wise to discuss the matter further. Wise had been on the phone with the technician as he worked through the problem. He suggested Jake Campbell watch his residence for possible thieves.

“I said, ‘Daniel, my dad only has a few days left to live,’” Joe Campbell said.

A few days later, Joe Campbell and Wise happened to see one another at Food Lion. Wise said he didn’t know about his father’s condition.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry about that ticket,’” Campbell said. “He said, ‘We’ll take care of it.’”

The fee was close to $500. Campbell said his stepmother would have paid the bill, but since she is on Social Security, it would have been a big financial hit to her.

“Boonie took care of that ticket,” Campbell said. “He wrote it off, $500. ... He’s just a great guy.”

Campbell said he’s used Wise’s company, Total Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, before, and always found him to be very fair.

“That’s why we continue to use him,” Campbell said, “but that was over and beyond the call of duty.”

For his compassion toward a family in time of need, The Daily Citizen names Daniel Wise Citizen of the Week.