The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 11, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-11 | Act of kindness leaves vet shocked, humbled

— On Dec. 5, I was leaving the Johnstown Post Office on Franklin Street after waiting a normal 10 minutes to mail three packages/letters.

I came out to my car and – would you believe it? – I had an ugly $10 parking ticket affixed to my windshield.

In disgust, I took it off of my windshield, mumbling as I usually do.

I looked up and a young woman exited a car parked behind me. She handed me a $20 bill and said, “Thank you for serving.”

She must have noticed my veteran’s license plate.

I was shocked and humbled. I hope I had the presence of mind to say thank you for her kindness.

Unfortunately, I was not able to obtain her name.

Thank you, lovely lady, and be assured your random act of kindness will be “paid forward.”

George “Jud” Higgins


Firemen commended on quick response

On Dec. 2, we were watching the Steelers game with friends when we received a phone call that there was a kitchen fire in the apartment above ours in the 700 block of Park Avenue in Moxham.

There are few things worse than turning onto your street and seeing two fire engines in front of your residence – especially since three houses were destroyed on Thanksgiving night less than two blocks away.

The fire started in the second-floor apartment due to an unattended stove.

Thank God there was minimal damage; mostly smoke and some water.

The outcome could have been much worse for the three families residing in our building.

We commend the Johnstown Fire Department for its prompt response in arriving and getting the fire under control.

Our firefighters do not know when they respond to a call what they will encounter. It could be as devastating as the Coleman Avenue fire, or as minor as the one we experienced.

Thank you just doesn’t seem sufficient enough to express our gratitude. But we just wanted to voice our appreciation for our firefighters.

Jim and Carol Hall


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