The Press Newspaper
As I stop to think about what I am thankful for, I realize what a blessing it is to live in Genoa. There are so many reasons why. We have a wonderful tight-knit community where everyone seems to know each other. We all rally behind people and events to make a difference. We have wonderful places to eat and places to shop. We have an awesome police department as well as a great village staff. We have an amazing school district with wonderful teachers and administrators. We as a community are so blessed. However, there is one other very important thing I personally am grateful for here in Genoa, and that is the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District. I always knew they were an amazing group of people and I always had such respect for them. But this year, I realized just how much they mean to me as well as what they do for this community and each other.
It all began back in March when I received the most horrifying call that a mother could get – my daughter had been in a car accident. I was instantly numb and in shock as I looked at my husband and said, “We have to go.” Driving to the scene was quick, as we were close and I could see the fire trucks and lights. And then I saw my little girls’ car upside-down and people out in the field. Time stopped and everything seemed to be in slow motion. I couldn’t wait to get to my daughter’s side. The scene seemed chaotic to me but I remember someone saying to me, “She’s going to be ok,” and as I looked around, I just knew that was true.
The members of ACJFD that were there that day were in control. It was amazing. They took care of my daughter and they calmed me and my husband. They got her stuff from her car and helped guide the tow truck in. On the way to the hospital, I rode in the ambulance and they were amazing with my daughter, calming her and talking with her. The whole terrible experience was made better because of the ACJFD.
My next experience was a funeral for my husband’s cousin. Keith Snider was a battalion chief for the ACJFD. He passed away from cancer after a violent fight. During his whole illness, the members of the department were always behind him. He had been there a long time and most of his fellow firefighters were also his friends. I never realized just how close they are as a group. They truly are a band of brothers who have a bond that is stronger than anything I have ever seen. At the funeral, it was an experience that I have never witnessed. The way they honored their fellow brother was amazing. It was a service that I will never forget. It was full of respect and raw emotion.
My next experience happened just a few weeks ago. I recently had a hip replacement and one Sunday afternoon, my hip popped out. I was in intense pain. The squad was at my house almost immediately and began giving me great care. I did not want to be moved because I knew it was going to hurt. They did their best to accommodate and ease my pain, and on the way to the hospital, I appreciated their calmness and ability to calm me.
Chief Bruce Moritz is to be commended for the excellent team of firefighters and paramedics that he has. They are incredible men and women who provide an incredible service. They have received a special blessing from God to do what they do and I for one am very blessed to live in their district. Thank you so much to all the men and women of the ACJFD.
The music by the Toledo Symphony was greatly appreciated by the near-capacity audience. There were two standing ovations for this wonderful orchestra.
Again, thank you to both organizations for being a part of the community.
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