By Dave Hull
August 11, 2008
To the unsung heroes who stopped to help an accident victim near
Fire Station 8 on August 11th: Just about noon on August 11,
2008, there was a vehicle accident just below Fire Station 8
at 13110 North Tongass Highway. I first became aware of the
situation when a gentleman, a little short of breath from running
up the driveway, entered the station and told me there was a
car in the ditch just below us. Upon my arrival I found several
people attending to the driver of the vehicle, keeping the driver
calm and not allowing the driver to move.
Once I put a hand on the driver my scope of the scene narrowed
considerably and by the time I looked around again there was
only one person still there. The rest had slipped away without
me having a chance to thank them for their help. That is the
purpose of this letter, to thank them for caring enough to stop
and lend care when it was needed.
If you were one of the individuals who stopped please accept
our thanks on behalf of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
for your willingness to render aid until our arrival. Your inclination
to put your life on hold, no matter how briefly is a prime example
of the neighbor helping neighbor attitude that prevails here
in Ketchikan when someone is in trouble. Your actions were
very appropriate and while the driver was not seriously hurt
the actions you all took were what I would expect of my personnel
first arriving on that scene. You all did great!
Thank you again for your help. Hopefully next time I ll remember
to get all your names so I can thank you properly. Until then,
please accept my sincere appreciation.
About: " Fire Chief, North
Tongass Volunteer Fire Department"
Received August 11, 2008 -
Published August 11, 2008
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