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Thank you to the two Good Samaritans who helped out my buddy

Thursday, January 16, 2014

To the Editor:

On Dec. 31, a buddy of mine had me help him with felling a couple of trees in Mont Vernon.

I enjoyed working with my friend. In 60 years of lumber jacking, he’s never had a mishap.

For myself, the top two things I’m afraid of are chain saws and the dentist. This is why I always floss and wear steel-toe boots.

Wouldn’t you know that Tuesday is the day a tree up and whacks my friend on its way down, knocking him backwards. As I’m gong to help my friend and summoning up my first aider training, someone calls out. “Can I help you, are you OK?!”

It turns out that a gentleman and his observant son had seen what happened while driving past. He came to us, and really took charge. Across 50-feet of stone wall, brook and now, this gentleman and his son escorted my friend to their truck, and took my buddy home, down the hill to his house within minutes.

In the short time it took me to pick up that evil chain saw and walk down the hill, the Good Samaritans had departed, and my friend was in excellent hands with his wife and daughter.

My options had limited. We’re old school guys with no cell phones, and we bind our wounds with duct tape. I would have carried my friend down the hill.

These thoughtful gentlemen really saved the day. Thank you guys!

If every cloud has a silver lining, these folks were it. They took the time out of their lives to care about someone else and to intervene for the better. Lately, the world seems to be a hyperactive, fearful and contentious place.

Never be afraid to take the time to help someone in need. It’s great to see how much people do care about one another. Kindness abounds, but we don’t often hear enough about it. We truly are all in this together.

MARTIN BROWN

Amherst

p.s. The helpful folks have been identified after this writing, and yes, I flossed when I got home.

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