The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Tony and Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor

The last week has been very stress­ful and emo­tional, but mostly it has been full of THANK­FUL­NESS!! Last Mon­day the stars were lined up for us, as we had a fire here at our home and the Quon­set and the Butcher House burned to the ground. The sid­ing on the house was melted, but thanks to some­one look­ing out for us, our house is still stand­ing. Every­thing that burned is just stuff, stuff that can be re­placed, but through all that bad we learned that the most im­por­tant things like fam­ily, friends, and com­mu­nity are not re­place­able. Our daugh­ter-in-law said, here in the Hills we are all fam­ily and that is so true! To the Neu Muehl Colony, we are so proud to call you our friends. You are there for us when­ever and what­ever we need. Thanks for your quick re­sponse with your wa­ter truck and for the Rub­ber­maid tubs full of food, the good­ies and cof­fee. You helped to save our house. Your hugs, words of support and vis­its in the days fol­low­ing were gen­uine and we will hold onto them for­ever. Thank you Day Len­festy for al­ways hav­ing that truck full of wa­ter and be­ing such an im­por­tant part of this won­der­ful com­mu­nity that we live in. To all the friends and neigh­bors who came to the fire, your thoughts, your help, the phone call with that fa­mil­iar voice at the end of the line and the food you brought will never be for­got­ten. It def­i­nitely helped us get through that day. Spe­cial Ar­eas and Home­stead Coulee Fire­fight­ers, your tim­ing and re­sponse was im­pec­ca­ble. We are so for­tu­nate to live in ru­ral Al­berta and we know that we are as safe as we can be with your fire fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. ATCO you put us on top of your list for that day and got our power pole re­placed so that Derek Bramwell could work his magic and get power back to our house and to our cows. We re­al­ize that other cus­tomers were put on hold so we could have this great service. To Our Fam­ily… you will never know how lucky we feel to have you all so close. Know­ing that you are just a phone call away, to come give us those all im­por­tant hugs and to take over in sit­u­a­tions like this fire is heart­warm­ing. To ev­ery­one, please hug your fam­ily ever chance you get and stop for that cup of cof­fee with your neigh­bor; they are the ones that will be there when you need them most. Tony and I have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for life and know that we are very lucky. We hope that we can Pay It For­ward. Re­mem­ber the only peo­ple with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you. Huge Hugs from the Hills!

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