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Rev. Steve Witmer

Spokesman

American Family Insurance Group

Direct Phone: (608) ***-**** ext. *****       

American Family Insurance Group

6000 American Parkway

Madison, Wisconsin 53783

United States

Company Description

Madison, Wis.-based American Family Insurance is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 358th on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business an ... more

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Regent Christian Academy

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Doctorate

Master's Degree
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Photo - Steve Witmer, of American Family Insurance, works in a tent outside the company's catastrophe satellite truck. Witmer said catastrophe team members face people distraught after losing everything and try to be empathetic as they walk victims through the insurance claim process. Bill Vogrin / The Gazette

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Steve Witmer, of American Family Insurance, works in a tent outside the company's catastrophe satellite truck. Witmer said catastrophe team members face people distraught after losing everything and try to be empathetic as they walk victims through the insurance claim process.
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Photo - Steve Witmer, of American Family Insurance, works in a tent outside the company's catastrophe satellite truck. Witmer said catastrophe team members face people distraught after losing everything and try to be empathetic as they walk victims through the insurance claim process. Bill Vogrin / The Gazette
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Steve Witmer is part of American Family Insurance's catastrophe team, in town to work with victims of the Black Forest fire. He and his colleagues are here to start the rebuilding process for American Family policyholders, who are among the 509 homeowners who lost everything, the 28 with fire damage, the countless others with smoke and heat damage as well as those with outbuildings lost in the inferno that consumed 14,280 acres north of Colorado Springs.
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"It's very emotional," Steve told me. "Sometimes, people can barely get any words out. What they are dealing with is so overwhelming. It's hard."
I've known Steve about 25 years since we worked in Illinois. He was a reporter at the Peoria Journal Star, and I was a correspondent with The Associated Press. He left journalism after 10 years and went into media relations about the time I came to The Gazette.
As journalists, Steve and I tried to maintain a professional distance when we covered disasters. In his current role, he literally finds himself embracing victims, offering them a shoulder to cry on as they relive the horrors they experienced, whether it was a catastrophic fire, tornado or hurricane.
"We're here to help," Steve said. "American Family's mission is protecting dreams. On the catastrophe team, we have to live that at street level."
I don't know if I could do it. When meeting people who have lost everything, I find it hard to come up with the right words. I asked Steve what he says.
"There's not a lot you can say," he said.
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In their compound at the Disaster Assistance Center outside the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, folks like Steve sit under tents with snacks and water and teddy bears for children of victims who show up feeling overwhelmed and desperate.
"There's a lot of stress and a lot of emotion," he said. "So we do the best we can to counsel people and get them through the process. We try to make it as simple as possible."
Perhaps the hardest part is when the conversation turns to each person's deductible and coverage limits.
Sometimes, Steve and his colleagues have to deliver bad news to customers that they may not have as much coverage as they thought or needed.
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Steve will be leaving at the end of the week for personal business. But he wanted folks to know that American Family isn't going anywhere.
"We're here," he said, "for as long as it takes to get the job done."
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American Family Insurance spokesman Steve Witmer has a few important tips for homeowners:
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"A little bit of work on the front end can be your salvation in a catastrophe," Witmer said.


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"There has been a tremendous amount of wind and hail damage," said Steve Witmer, spokesman for American Family Insurance.


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When contacted for a response, Steve Witmer of American Family Insurance says the company "respectfully decline[s]" to comment.


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Steve Witmer, a spokesman for American Family, called the cancellation "an unfortunate misunderstanding," saying the company expected the deputy to provide confirmation that Douglas County held liability insurance on the dog.

Woodward is the fourth law enforcement officer in 33 years to have his homeowner's policy canceled because of the presence of a police dog, Witmer said.
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Witmer said American Family's underwriting guidelines list certain types of dogs as being ineligible for homeowners' insurance, including certain breeds deemed to be aggressive, such as Akitas, American pit bull terriers, chows, Rottweilers and any kind of wolf hybrid.
"We also will not sell a new policy to customers who own a trained guard dog or attack dog," said Witmer, noting that a police dog would fall under that definition. He also said American Family has no plans to drop coverage on every law enforcement officer who cares for a police dog.
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Witmer, however, says dog bites account for the largest percentage of homeowners' liability claims, so American Family determined years ago that it would not write policies for owners of what the company considered to be dogs likely to bite.
"We look at it as not expecting other customers to subsidize people who chose to own aggressive dogs," Witmer said.
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Several hours later, Witmer released a statement saying that with documentation of Diezel's liability insurance, "we would have and will renew coverage."


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Steve Witmer, a spokesman for American Family, called the cancellation "an unfortunate misunderstanding," saying the company expected the deputy to provide confirmation that Douglas County held liability insurance on the dog.

Woodward is the fourth law enforcement officer in 33 years to have his homeowner's policy canceled because of the presence of a police dog, Witmer said.
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Witmer said American Family's underwriting guidelines list certain types of dogs as being ineligible for homeowners' insurance, including certain breeds deemed to be aggressive, such as Akitas, American pit bull terriers, chows, Rottweilers and any kind of wolf hybrid.
"We also will not sell a new policy to customers who own a trained guard dog or attack dog," said Witmer, noting that a police dog would fall under that definition. He also said American Family has no plans to drop coverage on every law enforcement officer who cares for a police dog.
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Witmer, however, says dog bites account for the largest percentage of homeowners' liability claims, so American Family determined years ago that it would not write policies for owners of what the company considered to be dogs likely to bite.
"We look at it as not expecting other customers to subsidize people who chose to own aggressive dogs," Witmer said.
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Several hours later, Witmer released a statement saying that with documentation of Diezel's liability insurance, "we would have and will renew coverage."

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