Word of Thanks for Kent’s Firefighters
[sent via email by Linda Copley, City Clerk]
“Sadly, on Saturday evening, my next door neighbor of 25 years was apparantly stricken with a massive heart attack outside in his side yard. Several squad members and police responded. ALL showed kindness and compassion in what was a very sad situation.
I was so impressed with Don Beckett, and his consideration of the family. This is a situation where my neighbor, a widower, lived next door to his sister-in-law, niece, and great nephew. His niece, an R.N., was performing CPR, when the squad arrived. To my non-trained eye, I could see it was an attempt in futility. When it was acknowledged they could do no more, his niece wanted her mother to be able to say goodbye. Since he was on the ground, and her mother is elderly, in poor health, she was unable to get down on the ground. After they lifted him to the stretcher, Don went over to the woman, offered his arm to her, and escorted her over to say good-bye. This small gesture was truly an act of kindness, and I can honestly say, I was very proud to be a part of the employment at the City. Words cannot express how wonderful Don was, and my husband and I wanted you to know how well he handled this situation.
There are no guarantees in life — except maybe knowing that Kent’s firefighters stand ready to help any way they can in our family’s hour of need. Sometimes that’s saving lives, or as this story points out, sometimes that’s just being there to help the survivors. Either way, they’re there for us, and all of our lives are better because of what they do.