A Texas father died while hanging Christmas lights with his teenage son for one of his clients on Saturday.
Felipe Gallegos, 39, was working on the roof of a Rhome residence while his wife was working in the front yard when the accident occurred.
‘He was just an all-around great person,’ Alisha Flick, the man’s widow, said to WFAA. ‘He always had a smile on his face, and he was always goofy and he was always making everybody laugh.’
The family had been working on the house at 6.30pm when Gallegos fell. It was the third house they had been working on in the day.
‘And then we heard something, and I got out and I went over there, and he was laying on the concrete,’ Flick said. ‘He was saying ‘Help me, help me,’ and so I called 911.’
The father died on Saturday night at Medical City Denton.
‘He had a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain and then he had a chest fracture. And they had to drain blood from his chest,’ Flick shared. ‘And they rushed him into emergency surgery, but he didn’t make it.’
Gallegos was loved in the community, having established himself as a professional window washer who hung Christmas lights for families in the winter.
He and Flick met 22 years ago.
‘He always laughed because he said, ‘I don’t even know why you even came and talked to me,’ but he worked at the movie theater. He said, ‘I had the goofiest clothes on,» Flick said.
Flick now has to run the family’s business without her husband.
‘That business is like our only source of income,’ she shared.
A GoFundMe made for the family has raised more than $49,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Gallegos is referred to as the ‘main provider’ of his family, in the post, and is described as being a ‘sweet friend.’
‘I really didn’t realize how much support I even had,’ the widow said. ‘And he always told me if something ever happened to him that we would be OK, and I didn’t believe him. But now I realize that everything’s going to be all right.’