To the editor:
Drake (Red Cross) Animal Control officer, our incredibly loving family (you know who you are!) and generous friends and neighbors. My husband and I are so very grateful for all of you, your hard work, and the instantaneous response of this amazing community in general. The firefighters I cannot thank enough for running into the fire to at least try to save our humble little home. You all put yourselves into danger on our behalf, and it is amazing to watch you all work ... words cannot express our awe of you. The EMTs took incredibly good care of Steve (he has lung cancer and doesn’t get around very well, but my Prince Charming ran out without getting himself a coat, saved my two little dachshunds — both of whom he is not fond of, but he figured I’d be incredibly sad to lose them if he didn’t save them). They kept him warm, gave him oxygen and monitored him. Tracey — love you for making him put on the oxygen! They kept very good and close care of him.
Advocates Crisis Support Services, Community Budget Center and Red Cross: Words cannot express my thanks for a clean change of clothes, among other things you never think about until you no longer have them. Our kids and our beautiful daughters-in-love were there in a flash. My friends/co-workers were also there in a flash — thanks, Peggy for making me eat something! My co-workers, thanks, you guys, for covering my touchas!
Craig police officers ... aww, don’t wanna get mushy with you guys, but an officer even came over the next day to help me dig through the rubble to find my husband’s lower denture. The guys on scene were amazing. Thanks, guys. Animal Control officer Connie, you are awesome — thanks for trying to wrangle the wild wieners when they were scared.
Our best neighbors ever, Robbie and Edna, thanks for taking such wonderful care of my puppies and making sure I had warm hands to accompany your warm hearts.
I know I can’t name everyone here, my apologies. But we are so thankful for our beautiful little town and the generosity of those who live here. “Thank you” doesn’t come close to what we feel in our hearts for all your help, warm wishes, kindness, generosity, care, and prayers. All is appreciated. Thank you, Craig.
Steve and Tracey Lathrop