Knights in white ar­mor

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By chris Green Special to the Rap­pa­han­nock News

Last week we re­ported that prayers, mir­a­cles and grat­i­tude were in full force in the tiny parking lot of a quaint coun­try church in Rap­pa­han­nock.

As the Amissville Full Gospel Church con­gre­ga­tion be­gan ar­riv­ing for Sun­day ser­vice, sis­ter Jane Pittman, Pas­tor Jimbo Pittman’s beloved wife, sud­denly col­lapsed while mak­ing her way across the parking lot.

Her heart stopped and within sec­onds of her fall, we re­ported, a gen­tle­man in a white pickup truck, driv­ing along View­town Road, pulled up and ap­plied CPR. The con­gre­ga­tion knew not at the

time the iden­tity of this mystery man who mirac­u­lously showed up seem­ingly out of nowhere.

As it turns out, this re­porter was not aware of all the facts.

Not only was there one gen­tle­man who pulled up in a white pickup truck, namely newly minted Amissville res­i­dent Terry Robey, an EMT and fire­fighter at Castle­ton — hav­ing re­cently moved to Amissville from Castle­ton — but also Josh Smoot, an EMT and fire­fighter with Wash­ing­ton Fire and Res­cue, who si­mul­ta­ne­ously pulled up in, yes…a white pickup truck.

Both were in the im­me­di­ate area at the ex­act time of her col­lapse, and so they to­gether were on the scene be­fore the Amissville Fire Depart­ment could ar­rive. As sev­eral of the con­gre­ga­tion stood close by, CPR was ad­min­is­tered while Pas­tor Pittman, with hands tightly clasped, prayed to the Good Lord.

Pas­tor Pittman tells that doc­tors re­layed with­out the im­me­di­ate CPR ap­plied within those cru­cial ini­tial min­utes, sis­ter Jane would have suf­fered brain dam­age.

To both of you won­der­ful men, the church and com­mu­nity thank you from the bot­tom of a many a grate­ful heart, as well as to the Amissville Fire and Res­cue vol­un­teers who ar­rived so quickly and ad­min­is­tered life sav­ing ex­per­tise.

While Jane re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized, her con­di­tion has greatly im­proved. Pas­tor Pittman, along with fam­ily and friends, re­main close by her side. The skill of fine physi­cians and the power of prayer con­tinue to heal her heart, and her heart heals too, they say, with the knowl­edge that we live in a car­ing com­mu­nity with in­cred­i­bly ded­i­cated fire and res­cue vol­un­teers. Bravo.

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