In light of the recent tragedy of the loss of so many innocent children and adults in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, I hesitate to tell about the event that prompts this letter. It is still difficult to write about what happened to me. While babysitting for our grandchildren, I had a nasty fall down 12 stairs at 1 am the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I sustained much bruising and strained muscles but thankfully no permanent injuries. The medical staff at Athol Memorial Hospital thought I was unbelievably lucky to have nothing broken after such a fall. I believe the rapid response and gentle care of the first responders as well as the efficiency of the small local hospital contributed greatly to my subsequent recovery.
The emergency volunteers were incredible, knowledgeable persons who spoke softly to me, attached a neck brace, cradled me in a blanket, lifted me onto a stretcher, placed me into an ambulance, and transported me to the nearby hospital.
Is there some way, at least annually, to show our admiration and support for the heroes among us who serve us in emergencies?
These are amazing people who go unrecognized in our communities. I am referring to those who volunteer to rescue desperate folks who encounter illness or accidents, in or out of homes, cars, schools or other city or town settings.
It will take some time till I am fully recovered but I thought this is the time to make certain our Deerfield Valley Rescue folks and those in other towns are recognized and any needed support made available to them. I can visualize an annual recognition event where funds could be raised perhaps to one day support a ground floor addition to the building for comfort and training purposes.