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A thoughtful citizen

On Saturday morning, I walked up to the mailbox to get the paper and was greeted by a huge mess from a neighbor’s trash container that had been tipped over, widely scattered up and down the road.

There was someone in the road cleaning it up — not the owner of the trash and not someone from the neighborhood, but oddly, a total stranger.

I inquired and he said he was returning home from working the night shift at the Banner Mountain fire station and saw the mess, which included a lot of glass in the road.

He just felt it needed to be cleaned up before it caused a problem for someone.

The Good Samaritan’s name is Rob Penn. Cleaning up other people’s garbage is never a pleasant task, and this was not a simple, quick job.

He was using his own broom and shovel, dodging cars racing up and down the road, and the task probably took nearly an hour of Rob’s time.

So, Rob, we truly thank you for your thoughtful deed. You’re a credit to NCCFD, and on Saturday morning you set a fine example for the rest of us.

Peter Brost

Nevada City