To the Editor:
Last Sunday morning one of our Boat Shop apprentices was in a bad car accident at the Bristol Area Library. As she drove down the Old County Road on that snowy Sunday morning, she found that she was unable to stop with the icy, snowy conditions, and slid out into Rt. 130, unfortunately striking the oncoming snowplow. Both vehicles were totaled. It was a sad morning.
I am sharing it because within minutes after the accident, kind, dedicated, and thoughtful people arrived helping and ministering to those individuals who were involved. The Bristol Rescue Crew, the Ambulance service, the Bristol Fire Department, and many others carefully worked and took proper care of the injured people. As I stood with my apprentice, so many of my neighbors were right there doing deeds of kindness by giving of their time, talents, and service to help neighbors in need.
Of course among them all were Jeri and Ron Pendleton doing what they have been faithfully doing for nearly a generation. Day after day, year after year they have provided care and kindness to the people of this area. So, on behalf of us all, Ron and Jeri I would like to express our deepest thanks for all those years of generous service that you have graciously given.
Special thanks also to the many remarkable Bristol neighbors who continue upholding that tradition of kindness and service as well. To the members of the Bristol Fire and Rescue Departments, and so many others, we are deeply grateful for all you do. It is an honor to live in such a helpful community.
Rev. Robert E. Ives,
Director of The Carpenter’s Boat Shop,