What makes up the great part of this tragedy? Certainly not the events that took place early Sunday morning. That’s nothing we would wish on anyone. It’s the way the community responded to help out, and the way it always rallies around those in need. It started with the firefighters who were at the fire in minutes, despite the call going out around 3 am. The fire was controlled quickly, and though the barn was lost at least two nearby houses were saved. By Monday afternoon, a website to help raise funds for the family was up and running and money was coming in. Apart from the virtual world, neighbors had offered everything from hay and temporary living quarters for the horse to new chickens and a coop for them to roost. We can only guess that by the time readers see this more help will have come their way, and that more will be offered.
What makes the outpouring of support in this case more refreshing is that Rosemary and Skip Tefft have a long history of helping people out around the valley. Skip has spent three decades riding in ambulances as a member of Deerfield Valley Rescue and being a first responder to those in need, while Rosemary has given 15 years of her time working with the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry proving food to those who need help. It’s fitting that, when they were in need, the community is coming to their aid as quickly as they have for others.
This is just the latest instance of folks around the valley helping others. From life events large and small, from Tropical Storm Irene to singular illnesses of friends or strangers, people come to the aid of others.
That’s not to say that kind of support network doesn’t exist in other places. We have no doubt that it does in many. But what we’ve got here is pretty special.
Once again, when the chips are down, folks around the valley step up.