Tornado carries insurance card from Maryland Heights to Granite City -

Tornado carries insurance card from Maryland Heights to Granite City

Granite City, Il (KMOV) -- It’s hard to walk into a doctor’s office or sit in a waiting room for very long these days, without hearing the words, “Can I please see your insurance card?” Now imagine having lived through the worst tornado that has hit the St. Louis area since 1967, and your belongings are dispersed all over the neighborhood.

 A family from Maryland Heights suffered such damage from the tornado that hit on Good Friday. What they probably didn’t expect, was a phone call from the United Steelworkers in Granite City, Illinois, telling them their health insurance card was found lying in the landscaping outside their place of business.

 One week after the Good Friday tornado hit, Carleson Pruitt, a draftsman who works at Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc., next door to the United Steelworkers office, found the insurance card. His co-worker told him to just throw it away, believing it was trash. Figuring it belonged to someone from the United Steelworkers business; Mr. Pruitt turned the card in at their office.

 After making some phone calls, the card owners were located in Maryland Heights and they said even though their house was damaged, their mailbox was still intact. The card that had been shuffled off in a tornado, traveling up and over the Mississippi River and landing in a Granite City business’s mulch, was now safely on its way back home via the United States Postal Service.


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