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Emergency crew rescues elderly man stuck in dumpster

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EMS workers helped get J. Robinson out of the dumpster. (Source: KLTV Staff) EMS workers helped get J. Robinson out of the dumpster. (Source: KLTV Staff)
J Robinson explains why he was in a dumpster. J Robinson explains why he was in a dumpster.

An East Texas man gets stuck in a dumpster and an emergency crew is called to help him get out.

It happened at the Salvation Army’s William Booth Garden Apartments at 601 Golden Road in Tyler.

The man was looking for some cash that was accidentally thrown away when the heat and a medical condition overtook him.

J. Robinson had just been plucked from a dumpster when I arrived.

‘I can’t find it. It’s in the dumpster somewhere I just can’t find it,” Robinson said.

He realized the housekeeper had thrown out an old phone book, which he was using as a safe, the night before. So he went dumpster diving. That didn’t go well. A recent spinal surgery and ninety degree heat left him weak.

Twenty-five minutes later first responders got him out, but not the money.

“I just have to let it go. I just had so much bad luck lately,” Robinson revealed.

Then he spotted a trash can.

“Look in here. It might be in there,” Robinson said to an emergency worker.

“Yeah, there it is, there it is! Man, thank you. Look in the middle you’ll see the money in there. You’ll see a blue envelope. There it is. Thank you. Lord have mercy. I love you people so much, man,” Robinson said.

J. had been saving his social security money for medical bills and to pay on the electric scooter he needs.

“I got no-touch money, and I don’t touch it for nobody,” Robinson said.

He had hidden his money to make sure it didn’t walk away.

“So many people come in and out, and I’m scared half the time because I got no family and I’m by myself, and I’m trying to just do the best I can.” Robinson explained.

E.M.T.s made sure he was okay while his dog Scarlet sat in his lap.

“Sometimes I get out of breath. She’s all the company I got. She loves me, she takes care of me. She’s just like a human,” J. said.

J. has had help with his place and his furniture, and he seems moved that help keeps coming when he needs it.

I say this with tears in my eyes, Tyler don’t make Tyler, It’s the people in Tyler, and that’s what I love. I learned that this morning. I learned that this morning,” J. admitted.

Good things for good people, J.

J. Robinson says he’s lived a hard life but since he turned away from all that he has nothing but love for everyone no matter who you are or what you’ve done, and he wants to publicly thank everyone who has helped him.

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