Picture Courtesy of Mrs. Beatrice Wood, Woolwine, VA
There is a quote from the movie The Godfather. “It’s not personal . . . . . It’s business.”
Well, the 911 C.A.S.P.E.R. System is personal to us.
On February 5th, 1999, our home burnt down to the ground in a blaze of flames. Thankfully, our five children and Chuck and I were not at our home, and we are extremely grateful that all we lost were all of our material possessions. Even our German Shepherd dog, Wolfe, was safe.
Our local fire department, Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, was on the scene as soon as possible to help us, with mutual aid from, Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department. Thankfully they contained the fire from spreading and doing more damage to our other outbuildings and to our place of business that was right next door. The Smith River Rescue Squad’s support and help during the long day was also a huge Blessing.
As we were trying to emotionally absorb everything that was happening that day, much like as if we were in a daze, all of a sudden we started realizing that from nowhere, and from everywhere, from many people we did not even know; Neighbors from near and far were stopping by our place of business quietly dropping off things that they felt we would need with words of encouragement. Pillows, handmade quilts from a local sewing club, food, offers of shelter, and the list could go on and on. We were, and still remain, truly touched.
Chuck became a volunteer member of the fire department shortly after that in order to help our community with situations like ours; he also helped out at the rescue squad as well. Our sons Chaz and Vince joined when they got old enough.
Oddly, that was not the only time we needed help from the fire and rescue departments from our area. We moved into another home shortly after our home had burnt down instead of rebuilding on the site where our home burnt down. In 2004, we were having our new home’s property logged, and the loggers set our woods on fire. With flames dancing around our home – again with the threat of losing all of our material possessions – we were at the need of our local fire departments and this time the Forestry Department became involved too, with mutual aid from the surrounding volunteer fire departments.
Now just a little footnote here, Chuck was now a member of our fire department and running the call, the call came in that there were woods on fire – but not an address. As they targeted more onto the location, Chuck ended up getting on the radio and saying ‘It’s my home again!”. Thankfully, the fire departments saved the day again! And our children who were home at the time got out safely (thanks to our Rooster!!), and our home was not touched.
As the years passed, we have been looking for ways to have a larger impact with helping the fire, rescue departments and the Communities of the world to show our gratitude for the ongoing, usually silent, work they do.
We feel that we now have the way.
I encourage you to go to our ‘About C.A.S.P.E.R.’ Page so you can find out more information.
We are looking forward to the 911 C.A.S.P.E.R. Systems being the Blessing to the 911 Communities and the local Communities of the world, that our 911 Community and our local Community has been to us!
The wonderful thing about the 911 C.A.S.P.E.R. Systems, is that this will work for just about any non-profit organization as a fundraiser to help them with donations due to budget cuts and grants lessening and can also be implemented into any for profit business that wants to become a part of Emergency Readiness.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you! :)
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