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Letter: Dedicated volunteers helped many in storm

Dedicated volunteers helped many in storm

Last Tuesday, I was due for a life-sustaining hemodialysis treatment. A major snowstorm was brewing outside. I called my center to see when I could get in, but there was no answer. As the snow continued, we could not open our doors and clearing out the driveway was impossible. My snowplow service advised me that the truck could not handle the amount of snow in our driveway.

On Wednesday morning, there was about 5 feet of snow in the street in front of our house. I tried to call the Town of Hamburg Highway Department and Town Hall, but the lines were busy. Now I really started to worry because getting to dialysis was a necessity.

Having exhausted all known options, I called the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Department that evening. I had missed my treatment, so I had to get something done. When all seemed to be for naught, a large piece of equipment came rumbling toward my home. It was driven into my driveway and a large bucket scooped up the 5 feet of snow in my driveway, making a path to my porch. Then two men started shoveling my porch until my door could be opened. They said they would be back Thursday morning to take me to dialysis.

Around 4 a.m., the same two men came to my home, shoveled my porch again and walked me to a waiting vehicle because my street still hadn’t been plowed. They drove me to my dialysis center. When I got there, I was the only patient who had made it. I was met by Dave, my charge nurse, who told me he had slept there all night. When I left at 10 a.m., two more patients came in.

The same two men were waiting for me. On the way home I looked at the helmets of the two men who had been my life line. The helmets read Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company. I always thought angels were females, but this day they were volunteer firefighters, and angels they certainly were!

Allen F. Scioli

Hamburg