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Unsung Heroes
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.

Dave Hull
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Fire Chief, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department"

Received August 11, 2008 - Published August 11, 2008


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