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Thanks for heroic efforts

Last week (Thursday, Jan. 27, is indelibly chiseled into my brain) a co-worker and I had an automobile accident. We were traveling north on Hwy. 20, about 15 miles east of Nevada City. We were on our way to Truckee around 9 a.m. to visit some of our foster families in that area. Our company vehicle hit a patch of black ice on a straight section of road that appeared clean and dry. The car fishtailed and spun across the highway (thank you, God – no cars were coming our way) and smashed into the 4-foot snow bank. It crushed the side of the automobile and the side of my co-worker’s face, although we were praying she escaped with no broken bones. We were one of three accidents resulting from ice on the roads on that stretch of highway that morning, the CHP officer told us. I’m writing to acknowledge the wonderful, brave people who stopped to help us. There was a nurse named Catherine who offered medical assistance and emotional support, bandages, laughter and a non-stop interaction with my co-worker to help keep her from shock. There were three young men who put out flares and offered coats, and pulled us out of the almost upside down car and snow. There was a young woman who stayed with us and gave us her gloves and a coat, and her kindness, even though we were bleeding. There were others, too, who took the time to help us. Awesome! To these people, Karen and I send our sincerest thanks (one of you left a windbreaker with us and I have it here at the office, cleaned and ready to give back to you.) You were inspiring!

Kathryn Lucas

Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency



Grass Valley


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