911 call made better by trained personnel

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 28, 2005 at 9:16 p.m.
How many times do we see fire rescue trucks around the city or read about someone calling 911?
Most of us probably don't think too much about it until we are personally involved. On Jan. 14, I had to call 911 for a medical emergency.
The operator stayed on the phone with me until the medics arrived, and they must have gotten there within three minutes.
I want to personally thank Jamie Hurst, who answered my call, and the "B" shift at fire station No. 7 on NW 43rd Street.
I know these people are trained to do their jobs, but they deserve our thanks for all they do.
Marilyn Rabin, Gainesville

Help from women was appreciated

Recently, I slipped on a pool of oil in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I was grateful to several women who offered to help me get up.
Because of weakness from polio, it is quite difficult to get me up, and since I had fallen on the leg that had previous broken bones, I did not want to put any weight on it.
So, I turned down their offers, while accepting their help in other ways. A man then came and offered help, which I accepted because I thought he would be strong enough to carry me.
As I was leaving, I heard the women making comments that indicated they felt my choice was racially motivated.
I am very sorry for this misperception and am writing in hopes they might see this and understand.
Alice Primack, Gainesville

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