Letter: Glad we settled in the mountains

Last week, my wife Carol took a terrible fall at our home. I’d like to take this time to thank everybody who was involved in helping us. I’m proud of my daughter, Mikayla, for keeping it together and making the 911 call. Mikayla also said the 911 dispatcher at the sheriff’s office was really caring and did a great job.

I would like to thank Gary Jenkins, chief of Company 1, and his friend, who showed up within minutes — if not seconds — after the tones were sent. He did a great job of filling that void until the squads arrived. He took control of the situation in a professional manner and I will never forget it. I would also to thank my mom, who, as usual, stayed up all night until everyone was safe.

From this point on I’m not going to mention any names for fear of leaving someone out. When you read this, you’ll know who you are. I’d like to thank all of Carol’s, Mikayla’s and my special friends for showing so much care and love. It’s been overwhelming. Even my customers and people I buy parts from wanted to know what they could do to help.

I would especially like to thank companies 3 and 4 for coming all the way across the county in a timely manner to help us. All of a sudden my house was filled with familiar faces, some of whom I have taken training with and at least one of whom I was fortunate enough to take training from.

We are so fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers who take time away from their families and money out of their own pockets to help others. So if you can, join your local fire and rescue or do whatever you can to help. I assure you that everything, other than criticism, will be appreciated.

Those of you who know me know that I am a car guy (or gear head or whatever you want to call me), but I often tell people that it’s not the cars — it’s the people. We may not have paid services or a lot of the conveniences that other counties have, but we damn sure have the main thing: caring people. We are so blessed to live here in the mountains where people still look after each other. Again, thank you so much for putting our family, especially Carol, back on the road to recovery.

P.S. Mikayla said we should also thank our dog, Snickers, for not biting anybody.

C.B. Johnson and family

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