In the middle of a raging snowstorm that
had sleet adding misery to the weather conditions, I
suddenly developed a severe case of Cellulitis in my leg and
had spiked a high fever. I was in an emergency condition
requiring an ambulance to get me out of my home and
transport me to the local hospital in PennYan, NY. All of
the roads and my driveway were covered by a foot of snow and
The ambulance was called and the First
Responder emergency person arrived and as he pulled into my
driveway he got stuck and blocked it so the ambulance would
not be able to get to my door. The responder got to me and
immediately packed ice from the freezer around me, and then
alerted the ambulance. Because of the unplowed roads the
ambulance reported that I was having trouble making it up
the steep Italy Hill.
My neighbor had just settled down in his
bed. My wife, Judy called him to ask if he could plow and
clear the driveway. Jim knew it had to be a
serious emergency, so he got dressed and came right over.
He moved the First Responder's car out of the driveway and
plowed it, plus he shoveled the entranceway (ramp) up to the
house. Hearing that the ambulance was having trouble
getting through the unplowed road, Jim drove to meet the
ambulance and plowed the road in front of it as it came all
the way up Italy Hill and over Italy Friend Road, right up
to my house and driveway.
My neighbor's name is Jim. There was
even more that he did. Jim kept clearing the road in front
of the ambulance all the way to the hospital in PennYan,
some 30 miles. I'll always be grateful to you, Jim. You
are the most compassionate neighbor that I have ever had!
It is comforting to know that you are here. God bless you.
Note: This incident happened
just days before Christmas and Joe was kept in the hospital
for 5 days. Good deeds like that are what help us get
through difficult times. Maybe some of your readers would
have stories they would like to share that helped brighten