Letter: ‘Our hearts are touched’

A section of collapsed roof in the workshop at Rick’s Custom Welding, whose owner says firefighters worked hard to clear it of tools and equipment. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Finding the right words to describe how thankful and grateful we are has been a difficult task, but we will do our best. For all of you who have given of your time, talent, labor, kind words, offers of space, use of trucks, trailers and equipment, physical labor and prayers during and after the loss of the building that housed Rick’s Custom Welding Inc., we sincerely say: Thank you!

We offer a special thank you to the entire county of fire departments. They not only put out the fire but used extraordinary effort in the removal of tools and equipment. You did not have to do what you did. Your care and concern went above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to the watchful eyes of those who reported the fire and moved vehicles out of the way. We are truly grateful.

We are most moved by the tremendous support of our friends and customers. We have not shed a tear over the loss; a building is just a building. The tears come when at the end of the day when we process all that has happened. We turn on the answering machine, field phone calls and hear the multiple kind words and offers of help from so many people. We think about how many showed up to help without ever being asked and the number of offers for space to store shop equipment and belongings. Our hearts are touched and we know we are blessed beyond what we deserve.

We do hope that you will all hang in there with us as we prepare to set up a temporary location to work from. We also hope you will continue to pray with us and for us for what is to come. We can’t see it right now . . . but it will no doubt be a good thing.

Rick and Sandy Nawrocki

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