Firefighters make Christmas special

Published 10:31 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dear Editor,

I would like to tell you of a group of people that made Christmas possible for my son and myself.

My health has been very poor, and the cost of the bare essentials rising every day, plus the loss of my wife, put a damper on our Christmas spirit. We had decided not to even put up a tree or any decorations because it was still too painful for a 13-year-old and a 54-year-old man.

I bought my son a small gift, and he did the same. We knew that Christmas was not only about trees and lights but about love for each other.

Now back to the angels. On a recent ambulance ride to Shelby County due to heart problems, my 13-year-old son had to ride in the front of the ambulance and made friends with the driver, Paula.

After the ride, I was admitted and soon returned home. At home, I received a call from Paula, asking if it was OK to get my son a gift for Christmas, and I said yes. On Christmas Eve, the angels of the North Chilton Fire Department showed up bearing gifts galore and some very delicious food for my son and I.

It was too much for my heart to bear, and an old man was reduced to tears. Not many words could I muster from my lips, except “thank you all.” All of the people and Paula and Mike (you know who you are) deserve the very best that this world has to offer. Your deeds on Christmas Eve were the true meaning of Christmas, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you each and every one for what you did and it will never be forgotten.

It’s true, there really is a Santa, and yes his sleigh is red. Thanks and love to the North Chilton County fire and rescue and especially to Mike and Paula, for without you none of this would have been possible.

Kameron, Michael Bell, Clanton