Editor, Thehenryettan.com:
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, I made it safely home from work in Okmulgee over very slick road conditions.
My husband was out of town on business and as I had passed several wrecks along the way , pulling into my driveway I breathed a sigh of relief. But as I walked from my car to the house, both feet slipped on the ice and I found myself lying on the concrete, freezing temperatures, cell phone still in my car, and severe pain in my left hip.
I was able to flag down someone driving by, who retrieved my phone for me so I could call my son and EMS. I don’t know your name, but thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, staying by my side, and being so supportive.
Soon my son arrived, along with Henryetta Fire Department and Henryetta Police Department. I cannot express how appreciative I am of each and every one of you. The words “Thank you” just aren’t enough. These Police and Firemen took their gloves off their own hands to keep mine warm, they took their coats off to cover me, and tried to make me as comfortable as possible. Their empathy and compassion made me feel safe and secure. Not knowing if the ambulance could reach me on the icy roads, I knew I would be okay in their care.
After 40 minutes of below freezing temperatures, most of these men kneeling beside me without coats or gloves, not one left my side. The ambulance arrived and my care was then handed over to the Okmulgee County EMS, who were amazing to say the least. Not only did they give me excellent care, transferring me, with a fractured femur, from lying on my driveway to the ambulance on a sheet of ice with the help of the Police and Firemen, was virtually pain-free and the ride to the hospital was completely safe.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful our Police, Fire, and EMS workers are, how comforting it is to have such compassionate men and women there by your side when you need someone to take charge of a situation you have no control of, and how thankful I am that each of you choose to put your life, safety, and well-being on the line for each of us. You deserve so much more than what you receive.
Thank you, again, for all you do!
Carol Williams