The Norman Transcript

Opinion

January 12, 2014

My Christmas miracle

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

An Appreciation of our Firemen Station No. 2

Early Christmas Eve, around 7 p.m., my refrigerator (which had made other noises months before and was an old one) made a much louder, continuous noise and awoke me from my nap. I did not know what to do.

I called my local firemen at Fire Station No. 2 down my street, and within a few minutes, four of them arrived quietly at my door; clean-cut, young and ready to help.

Capt. Chad Roney advised me that the motor on my refrigerator had burned out and they unplugged it for me. The captain asked me if I had family or friends who could take my food and keep it cool and safe. I said, “No.” Then the captain put my milk in my freezer and said it could keep cool for a while and I should not open my refrigerator door too much to keep the coolness in. These four guys were great.

At 9 p.m. that same Christmas Eve, I looked out my driveway and saw a car with its lights on and my door bell rang. The nice lady (I believe she said her last name was Johnston and lived near Sooner Mall) with her daughter and grandchild arrived and asked if I was the person who had trouble with my refrigerator earlier. Her friend, Roney, had called her about this.

She asked me if I would accept her two ice chests and two bags of ice that they brought to help. I said, “yes” and “how do I return the ice chests to you?” She said they were for me to keep. Her daughter unsacked the ice and we put my food in the ice chest. In the other ice chest, they left the other bag of ice they had brought.

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