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Good Neighbors
By Char White


October 25, 2008
Saturday PM

On my way to the Monthly Grind on 18 October, I found out first hand another reason why I love this town, we have good neighbors here.

As I was turning off Tongass I had the feeling that one of my tires was going flat. I completed the turn and suddenly my car lurched and came to an immediate stop, right in the middle of the road. I figured I had run over a branch in the dark and got out to look under the car. I looked but didn't see anything. That's when a car turned and stopped to see if they could help. The gentleman (Dan Christensen) took a very quick look and said my tie rod had broken and I wouldn't be going anywhere under my own power tonight. In less than a minute a second car stopped and also asked if they could help. Paul Hovic not only had a cell phone but carries a phone book in his car and was able to look up the phone numbers. A tow truck was on its way. Dan insisted on staying with me until the tow truck arrived. He positioned his vehicle so that his lights shown on my car helping others to see it as they turned up the dark road. What should have been about a 20-30 minute wait turned into almost an hour. Deciding that something was wrong, Dan went down the road to call the company and found out the tow truck had a dead battery. He called for another company and just under 2 hours from taking that turn I was on my way into the tribal house to see the last few acts. Dan stayed right there the entire time. I can't begin to express my gratitude to Dan, Paul and all the other folks who stopped to see if there was anything they could do.

Char White
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Lived here 12+ years."

Received October 25, 2008 - Published October 25, 2008



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