Kindness can be found during times of disasters


Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 12:20 a.m.
On January 10th, I arrived at my home in High Springs to find it engulfed in flames. Fire Departments from Alachua and Newberry and well as the volunteer fire department from Lacrosse were already battling to save my house.
In addition, my neighbors Mrs. Carr and her daughter, after being first on the scene, immediately called 911 and did not give up as they tried to wake my son and his friend. Steven and Tim escaped with our animals just as the ceiling fell in above the bedrooms.
I am convinced that their lives were saved by the Carrs' persistence. Some 30 seconds later and they would have been trapped.
I am also very appreciative of another neighbor, Susan Swiers, who was helpful at the scene as well as setting up a rebuilding donation account at all of the Millennium banks.
Even from tragedy we can find goodness and kindness. My home and belongings might be gone but my son and Tim's lives were spared.
I am indebted to all involved and can't say enough about our community's fire departments. They are all certainly heros in my eyes.
Fran Holland, High Springs Congratulations to Leak and the Florida Gators Chris Leak is truly a class act. I cannot stop crying tears of joy for him and the Gators! The maturity and poise with which he handles himself both on and off the field have been exemplary.
For all his critics and for all of those who doubted, nothing could have summed it up any better than the comment he made at the national championship celebration at the Swamp. Just after being presented the MVP trophy from Danny Wuerffel, Chris Leak said his greatest accomplishment at UF was being able to graduate as a Gator!
He thanked his teammates, coaches and parents. He never used the word "I" and he gave himself no credit for the win.
I have two sons that are growing up here as Gator fans, and I am so proud that the Gator Nation has someone like Chris Leak for them to look up to.
Congratulations to him and the senior class who, after all the coaching changes and adversities, were able to finally have their moment of glory.
Go Gators!

April Tisher,

Gainesville

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