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Thank you

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

...for the assistance.

I would like to thank the people who stopped to help me with my son Wesley earlier this month. We were leaving Blockbuster when he started screaming; I've never heard him like that, so I put on my hazard lights and stopped in the middle of the road. When I got him out of the truck, I realized he was choking.

Everything I tried didn't work so I called 9-1-1. By then, Amanda Harding and two other guys came to help. I'm glad you all had the heart to come see what was going on, because by then I was beyond panic. The ambulance crew from the Glacier Station showed up really fast. Thank you guys. You're awesome.

My son (who is only seven) had to ride in the ambulance by himself because I had my 3-year-old boy and I was still parked in the middle of the road. I guess on the way to the hospital Wesley swallowed the piece of cough drop that he had been choking on. I was really freaked out the whole time because I didn't know he had anything in his mouth. Another thanks to the ER staff, who were very nice to my son. Thank you so much, everyone!

Naomi Hill and family

...for the help.

Thank you to the U.S. Coast Guard for their outreach humanitarian efforts. They delivered coats and blankets gathered from Juneau residents for distribution to coastal communities in northern Southeast Alaska. The cutter Liberty arrived in Pelican Dec. 20 with Santa Claus and many bags of coats, blankets, teddy bears and goodies. Already, individuals are wearing the coats and sweatshirts sent over, including members of our family. We appreciate the goodwill gesture.

Several of our neighbors and friends are alive today because of the perseverance of the search and rescue services provided by the Coast Guard. The medevac service is an essential component utilized by communities when technical medical expertise is needed. While we do recognize and value our community-based emergency response staff and volunteers, it is encouraging to know the Coast Guard is "Semper Paratus: Always Prepared" to meet the responsibilities of their duties. From Pelican fishing families and residents, thank you for your courage. Be safe, strong and steadfast.

James E. and Patricia Phillips

F/V Pacific Dawn

Pelican

...for the support.

Approximately two weeks ago we held a race to benefit abused and neglected animals of Juneau. Though it was cold and snowy, our project turnout on Dec. 14 resulted in a great success and raised money that will go toward abused and neglected animals sheltered and cared for by the Gastineau Humane Society.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who came to the race. Your support and help can save lives. We would also like to thank those Juneau businesses that donated materials and equipment used at the race. We appreciate your help.

Molly Emerson

Claire Geldhof

The following letter was written in memory of Hoonah resident Gary Paul Smith, who died on Dec. 8, 2002 in Hoonah.

My Friend - Gary Paul Smith

I want you to know that the friendship you shared with me will always be treasured in my heart. Whatever you do, whatever path you're taking, remember God's right behind you. I wonder how you are or what you're doing, but I know you're safe and happy. When you look down upon your family and friends, know that you will never be forgotten and you will always live in our hearts and dreams. Know that the happy memories you shared with me will always be remembered. Now walk with God and rest in peace, my friend.

BettyAnn Murphy

Hoonah



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