To the editor,
I feel it imperative to take a minute to recognize the amazing work of our volunteer firemen and women.
Recently, and somewhat unfortunately, I had the chance to be in need of their services. My 18-year-old daughter was surprised on Highway 104 last Friday evening (Jan. 10) around 9:15 p.m. when a deer exited from the median and ran directly into the front driver’s side of her small Volkswagen Golf. The deer was killed and the Volkswagen Golf will not be fixable.
While my daughter was not hurt physically, she was emotionally upset and in a state of shock. A young man who was driving by from the Cobequid Fire Brigade saw her on the side of the road and stopped to see if he could help her. He immediately, upon assessing the situation, called the dispatch operator who in turn alerted the RCMP and the Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade. While we waited for assistance he used his reflective vest and his flashlight to alert traffic that a hazard was near by.
I believe that within about 15 minutes of his call there was a collection of at least 10 dedicated volunteer firemen arriving at the scene of her mishap. Remembering that it is now close to 10 p.m. on a Friday evening, all of these dedicated individuals left their homes to venture out onto Highway 104, in below zero Celsius temperatures, to help a complete stranger. They immediately checked my daughter over and asked if she needed an ambulance, they spread salt/sand over the highway where fluids had/were leaking from the car, they assessed the deer and made sure it was completely off the highway and they assisted with removing the car as well. All while warning other westbound traffic there was an issue on the road and to be mindful of their driving.
We hear so many bad things in our world and it takes an encounter such as this to realize the good things we have. Selfless volunteers who are on continuous hours of stand by, leave their families at all hours of the day and night, in temperatures far below what is comfortable to help plain folks like you and I when we most need it. We should all be very grateful for our volunteer fire brigades as their importance just cannot be measured.
Our sincere thanks to Dylan MacLeod of the Cobequid Fire Brigade and the entire Onslow-Belmont Volunteer Fire Brigade for all of their kindness.
Karen and Lindsay MacKenzie