I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Lacey Fire Department for their quick action recently at the scene of a house fire. While the residents were able to get out, two dogs were trapped in a back room. The firefighters made getting them out and administering first aid a priority. As a result, the dogs were saved and, last I heard, were resting comfortably at the emergency veterinary clinic.
Having worked with emergency response many times over the years, I thought that the Lacey Fire Department crews did an outstanding job. They were on the scene quickly, managed to knock the fire down and then turned their attention to the dogs’ welfare. Their concern and compassion were evident and I’m sure much appreciated by the residents.
A truly outstanding job by some extraordinary people.
Tom Bohon, Olympia
I am so proud of our community! I want to thank all the local businesses that donated to our recent Thurston County Relay for Life cancer survivor luncheon. I’m especially impressed by the contributions of the Olympia High School Chamber Choir for spending time on a weekend to honor our survivors with song, and The Olive Garden for catering the event at no cost, as well as V.F.W. Post No. 318 for providing a location to hold the event.
While too many to list, I am also overwhelmed by the generosity of dozens of local businesses who, despite the current economy, found ways to donate items to give to our survivors as door prizes. The entire event was a huge success because of the community support.
On behalf of the Thurston County Relay for Life Survivor Subcommittee, Thank you. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of this generous community.
Cami Feek, Tumwater
One recent morning I heard my 2-year-old daughter fall. She began crying that peculiar cry that instinctively tells a mother the injury is bad. As I ran to her and turned her over onto her back, all I could see was blood pouring from an open wound above her eye. I called 911 and waited for help to arrive.
Firefighters Mark Nelson and Saeng Pion arrived within minutes, examined my daughter and advised me to take her to the hospital as she would likely need stitches.
I began panicking, wondering how I would juggle an emergency room trip with my daughter and two of her three brothers, ages 4 and 6. The firemen were so helpful and gracious.
They helped me get the boys ready to leave, offering to help get them out of their pajamas and into their clothes. At one point, my 4-year-old became scared and ran into a corner bedroom. Before I knew it, both men were down the hall trying to calm him down.
They helped me load my kids into my car and waited there with them while I telephoned my pediatrician’s office. They even came back into my house and cleaned the blood off my floor so I didn’t have to come back to the mess.
I can’t thank these men enough for going beyond their duty and offering all the extra help they did. Thank you.
Sally McKerney, Olympia