To the editor:
At approximately 6:30 on June 17, I heard a loud explosion and our electric power immediately went out.
My husband had just gone out in spite of a heavy rain to get something from his truck, so I ran outside to make sure he was alright. He was, so I went back inside to call for assistance, but I could not see the phone book inside, and our land-lane was dead. So I sat on our front porch, found the number, and called Progress Energy with my cell phone.
As a very nice lady named Kimberly assured me that our power would be restored by 7:45, a frightful fire started in a tree beside the power line in spite of the drenching rain. Kimberly apparently called the fire department, because first responder Jamie Leviner showed up before I could. I do not know the second responder personally, but the third one was none other than Laurinburg’s fire chief, Randy Gibson, himself.
Soon our street was full of first responders and a fire truck was on the scene. Next, workers arrived in a bucket-truck, cleared the limbs interfering with the power line, and restored our electric power, finishing their work in yet another torrential rain. Sure enough, in spite of the fire, the power was restored by 7:45. How wonderful it is to live in a nation, state, county and city where so many selfless people respond so readily and quickly!
Please allow me to say a public thank you to all of those fine people.