Delivery tech goes above and beyond at patient's home

Friday, June 20, 2014

ANDERSON, Ind. – Louis Moyer says Richard Goff saved his life. Goff says he was just doing his job.

A medical equipment delivery technician for St. Vincent’s Home Medical, Goff went to Moyer’s home to deliver medical supplies and a suction machine.

“When I walked into the residence, I could smell a hint of gas,” Goff said. “It wasn’t overpowering or anything.”

As he explained to Moyer the supplies and suction machine he delivered, Goff continued to notice the odor of gas, so he asked if he could look around the house.

“With any type of equipment we send out to the patient’s home, we do a home evaluation,” said Goff, who has been with St. Vincent’s Home Medical nearly three years. “We look at certain objects in the house and I noticed there were no smoke detectors—he couldn’t afford them.”

The gas smell was coming from Moyer’s old gas stove—the kind with the pilot light under the elements. He showed Moyer, who, as a tracheostomy patient has no sense of smell, how he can feel whether the pilot light is on.

“I said, ‘You need to keep your eye on this. If it’s going out, there’s a reason, like a draft or something,’” said Goff.

Goff returned the next day to help Moyer install smoke detectors from the local fire department.

“He grabbed a hold of me and said, ‘You saved my life,’” Goff said. “I just do it for everybody. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”