Austin cares

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

On June 12, while com­ing back from a fam­ily re­union, we came upon a bad mo­tor­cy­cle wreck 30 miles east of Brady. We did what we could, in­clud­ing CPR for one of the pas­sen­gers, but she died at the scene.

The sur­vivor, her hus­band of two weeks, was air­lifted to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge. He’s a Den­ver fire­fighter who has since been trans­ferred to his home­town.

They were miles from home, and Bat­tal­ion Chief Bob Nicks, pres­i­dent of the Austin Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers from the union stepped up and helped the man’s fam­ily tremen­dously in that first crit­i­cal week they spent in Austin to be with their dad.

It makes me proud to see Austin folks as­sist those in need and to hear the fam­ily think so fondly of Austin even in this time of tragedy. Thanks, folks, for keep­ing Austin friendly and com­pas­sion­ate — not just weird.

tOM Kel­ley tkel­ley2@austin.rr.com

Austin

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