Dear Editor:

Thank you local first responders! Arriving at 3:30pm October 27, I remarked how toasty it was in the bookstore. My employee, Karl, noted we should have the furnace looked at – not working properly. Called Nelson’s Oil & Gas. As Karl was leaving, he smelled something then yelled “I see smoke”. Nelson’s said “turn off the propane tank “– Karl did. Dialed 9-1-1 and noted we had smoke in the furnace. Barely hung up the phone as police and sheriff vehicles arrived. They cleared the street and methodically evacuated people from the buildings on South Chicago. The fire truck was right behind and they got to work. Wyatt, the bookstore cat, and I and a friend were safely sequestered at Junk and Disorderly.

Thanks to the professionals as they zeroed in - the firemen found a piece of ceiling tile smoldering in between two metal pieces in the furnace – a miracle they found it so quickly. No fire, no damage and just a little smoke.

So impressed with the speed and professionalism of the police, sheriff and firefighters as they did their work – thank you for preventing a major disaster. Thanks to the ambulance for standing by. Thanks to Karl for his keen eye in seeing the smoke. Thank you for Dustin at Fall River Vet for opening up after hours to board Wyatt for a few days.

It was timing, quick response and professionalism – blessed to live in Hot Springs with wonderful caring people. Thanks to everyone involved.

Diane Gross

Black Hills Books & Treasures

To the Editor:

Dear Hot Springs Ambulance Service, Police & Sheriff’s Officers, Firemen/women and all first responders who service Fall River County. During the last eight years of living in Hot Springs, it has come to my notion that this town has some of the best 1st responders who take their lives in their own hands to help others in need. Particularly, over this last summer, I have personally seen these people in action and I want to tell all of them publicly how wonderful you all are. I have seen very professional and qualified individuals who respond quickly, and, in the most kind and generous ways, when responding to people’s immediate needs and safety. I believe that for such a small town, we have the best responders in all areas of our community needs. Hot Springs citizens should be very proud of our heroes who work hard, place their own lives on the line and take swift action to keep our community safe. If I have forgotten to mention any other entity that is involved in keeping us safe, please know I also mean you too.

Jeanie & Steve Montgomery

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To the Editor:

Would like to recognize Jason Happe and his grounds crew at the Southern Hills Golf Course for keeping the course and greens in outstanding condition through the extended dry weather this past summer.

Dale Steineke and

the “7 o’clock crew”

Hot Springs

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