Wednesday is the day of the week when “06880” honors Unsung Heroes.
I posted an already-written story earlier today. But yesterday’s flash floods produced many other heroes, from police, fire and EMS, to tow truck operators who rescued stranded motorists, to neighbors who provided shelter and sump pumps, to teenagers who cleared blocked roads.
Karin Kessler — owner of Backspace, the funky typewriter store behind Little Barn — has her own heroes. She writes:
We are making lemonade…
Unfortunately, yesterday’s insane rain flooded our storage area. Fortunately, I had 2 students — heroes — who moved quickly and helped me lug 50+ typewriters into our main space and out of harm’s way.
The remainder of the typewriters are still in storage but were hoisted onto racks.
Thank God we were here and able to manage the situation before any damage was done.
Congratulations and thanks, Mimi Zauls and Shay Buchanan!
And this just in, from Ani Rockwell:
I wanted to write to let you know about someone who, for me, was an unsung hero.
During last night’s torrential downpour I was hauling buckets of water up out of my basement, trying to keep even more water from pouring into my basement.
My husband was in Manhattan. He had called Gary Brown of GB Plumbing to see if there was anything he could do. From a plumbing perspective there was nothing.
But instead of charging a call-out fee and leaving for the next job, he spent a good hour with me and my 9-year-old son (who had also come out to help haul buckets of water away from the basement), carrying and pouring out buckets of water. When he left he refused to take any payment.
This is not the first time he has refused payment for a call-out when he has come to examine an issue and determined it was not plumbing. He really is a decent guy, and at a time when you hear so much about the less friendly and neighborly people in town it is beyond wonderful to know that people like Gary are here.
For me and my son who spent 2 hours hauling out buckets of water he really was a hero. Sharing the load made it so much easier to bear. I hope you are able to give him a mention in your column so that he knows what he did was truly appreciated. Thank you.
Done! And if you’ve got any more heroes to add to the list — click “Comments” below.