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Letter: Emergency Department, firefighters rally together

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From: Paula Rothrock


Received: Dec. 21

It’s not every day you have the opportunity to experience an “a-ha” moment. With tears in our eyes and goose bumps on our arms, the emergency department at Columbus Regional Hospital had our moment this week. With cold winds blowing outside, hearts were warmed after staff members donated gift cards, teddy bears and hugs to a family in need.

A mother disclosed to staff her fears about the coming holiday — she has three children and is facing disconnect by the gas company. She got up to find that her transportation had a flat tire and her son needing medical care. The Emergency Department staff rallied and started looking for resources. United Way was contacted, gift cards were collected, and a very special Santa was called.

Within 45 minutes of calling “Santa,” Columbus firefighters Mike Wilson and Bryan Bailey showed up with age-appropriate gifts for the three children. Both firefighters were off-duty when they received the call for help. They gave up their time to help make Christmas brighter for a family in need. What a blessing this community has — men and women who give of themselves in ways most cannot understand — and with hearts so ready to give even more when they have the opportunity.

In this season of reflection on gifts and giving — remember those who give each day without fail and without thanks. Some may think of it as a job, but the staffs at the emergency department and the selfless firefighters view it as a mission — making a difference each day.

A special thank-you to all in emergency services for giving your time and hearts to keep this season happy and safe!

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