Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

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Above and be­yond

Dear Ed­i­tor: Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County lost one of our Na­tive sons on Nov. 22. Mr. Aubrey Whelchel died in a fire at his home on Col­lege Street.

Mr. Aubrey will be long re­mem­bered not only for his life, but in pass­ing he has left us all with a mar­velous col­lec­tion of gifts to many dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions — the Hu­mane So­ci­ety, the Sal­va­tion Army, UGA Schol­ar­ship Pro­grams, Ox­ford Col­lege and a gift of land for the de­vel­op­ment of a large Re­gional Cul­tural Cen­ter, com­plete with an am­phithe­ater, a civic cen­ter, a small per­form­ing arts cen­ter and a mu­seum, a cor­po­rate re­treat, just to men­tion a few.

All th­ese fa­cil­i­ties will be built with pri­vate funds to be lo­cated on a 68-acre tract in New­ton County.

On the Satur­day morn­ing that shat­tered our lives, as we all stood by await­ing the word that, hope­fully, Mr. Aubrey was not at home, the city fire­fight­ers and the po­lice of­fi­cers on the scene worked with pre­ci­sion to do what they do. Not only were they on the job as po­lice and fire­fight­ers, they also showed such a de­gree of com­pas­sion and con­cern for those who waited for the even­tual, un­wanted out­come.

I do not be­lieve there could be any more ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als any­where who would have gone above and be­yond the call of duty to re­al­ize the trauma en­dured by all those peo­ple who waited with hopes of Mr. Aubrey’s safety.

Specif­i­cally, but not lim­ited to, Of­fi­cer Julie English and Chief Don Floyd were right there with us to of­fer sup­port and con­so­la­tion.

Those of us who were there on Col­lege Street on Nov. 22 will for­ever re­mem­ber this ex­am­ple of ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Thank you, thank you all, so much, from the bot­tom of our hearts.

Sa­muel M. Hay III


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