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Firefighters applauded for lifesaving actions

Posted: April 28, 2013 - 12:04am

Editor:

I wanted to let everyone know how outstanding the firefighters of Fire Station No. 6 on William Few Parkway are.

On April 19, it seems I had an allergic reaction to something I ate and it cut off my airway. After 911 was called, Darren Woo and Rocky Bluffing arrived quickly to handle the situation. They were amazing. Not only were they fast, but they were so kind. They calmed me down, helped me breathe with albuterol (I think), and stayed with me to make sure I was OK.

Obviously, they saved my life. I must say, however, that what stood out in my mind, was how they treated my children. Of course, my boys (7 and 5) were terrified when I couldn’t breathe and 911 was called. Mr. Woo knelt down next to my sons and explained to them what they were doing. He showed them all of the monitors and the mask and explained their functions. Not only did this calm my sons down, but it took their minds off of possibly losing their mom – and I will always be grateful for that.

Mr. Bluffing was also fantastic. He talked more with me, explaining things, keeping me calm and just being very kind and letting me know it would be OK.

Once I felt better, I decided that I wanted to show my appreciation, so my sons and I put together a small basket with snacks to take to the fire station. We were greeted by two other firefighters and they, too, were so nice! They immediately invited us in and offered us a tour of the station and fire truck.

My sons were over the moon – they got to see inside the fire truck, the masks and helmets the firefighters use, and the fire hose in the back of the truck. They are still talking about it.

I just want everyone to know how wonderful and special our firefighters are. We are so blessed to have them. It is very clear that they are here to serve because they love it, and we, as residents of Columbia County reap the benefits.

Thank you all for everything you do; your hard work is truly appreciated.

Melody Roebuck

Evans

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