2008-11-06 / Letters

Praises Fire Companies, Community's Response To Trailer Fire

To The Editor:

Anyone who knows my family knows that we have family, but not much else, as far as assets. Monday morning I received a phone call while I was at work that my youngest brother Danny's trailer was on fire, but everyone was safe.

My supervisor had no hesitation in her voice when she told me to go to my family. As I started down 522 south, I realized my brother Donnie and his wife were behind me. Our family has always been there for each other.

It seemed to take forever to reach our family and to see for ourselves that everyone was safe. There was fire equipment and fire personnel everywhere. These brave men and women fought and tried to save what they could with determination and kindness. I cannot say enough about the fire departments in our area.

By the time it was over, my brother's family had lost all their material possessions. But this is where I saw in action the words in Matthew 22:39: "Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself." The Red Cross, family members, friends and neighbors came offering whatever they could, whether it was food, clothing, bedding or money. They were reaching out to help. It was an amazing thing to see.

I wanted to write this letter to give our community hope during a time of almost hopelessness, where unemployment is on the rise and where politicians lie and make promises they will not keep. The only thing that had no water damage and was not burned in my brother's living room was the family Bible. God's word is alive and well in Fulton County, both in deed and in a prized possession. Thank you friends and neighbors, Mary L. Buterbaugh McConnellsburg

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