Firefighters lend a hand

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To the Editor:
I just wanted to take a moment to share an experience I had with the on-duty crew at Summerville Fire Department’s Station 4 (Azalea Square). 
My daughter blew a radiator hose outside of Palmetto Moon, and called me to help her out. I wasn't home at the time, but made my way from the Knightsville area...without the proper tools. 
The temporary fix provided me enough time to get near the fire station, where I was going to request to use their hose to top off the coolant. The radiator hose failed again, approximately 20 yards from the station. 
I gave my daughter my credentials, and asked her to run by the station to borrow a pair of channel locks. 
When I emerged from under the vehicle, I noticed my daughter standing with three firefighters. We spoke briefly, and the crew was insistent on me moving the vehicle off the busy roadway, and onto the front pad.
Me being stubborn, didn’t want to create a mess on the pad. They provided me the tool needed to get the clamp secured properly, and told me to pull into the parking area, to top the coolant off once I was done. Upon returning the channel locks, they provided me two jugs of water, for the ride across town.
As firefighters, we are constantly being measured by the public...and ourselves. It is the little things we do, in the spirit of “the job,” that people remember.
I do not remember their names, but felt that I needed to make everyone aware of the assistance they provided. If not for their help, I would have been stuck, trying to work in the darkness. 
My daughter was going to bake them cookies to thank them, but let’s just say that in the interest of public safety...it is safer for all of us if she doesn’t bake....
Paul Ceglia

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