Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 25, 2013

Nov. 25, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘The most amazing group of people’

I would like to sincerely thank the Kokomo Police Department for the amazing job they did Sunday, Nov. 17, and all these days following.

My daughter, who has special needs, lives in a staffed home with two other individuals. Their home is located on Saratoga; thankfully, their home had very little damage — all superficial that we have seen so far. However, they just got back in yesterday evening.

At any rate, I was trying to get to her that evening, as mobile signals were sporadic and the staff’s cellphone was down to about 50 percent. Two of the individuals have seizure disorders, so we truly had to be able to communicate. As I pulled up to Goyer from the north, I approached the two officers stationed there.

They were so extremely kind and patient. They did everything in their power to help me. They radioed the officers inside, who went and checked on our kids. They made a way for us to go around and get into one of the entrances off U.S. 31 — far enough away to avoid danger but close enough to get to the house to evacuate the residents.

I will never forget the officers pulling up and blocking the areas we needed to avoid walking on. They placed themselves, physically, between us and the downed lines in order to guide us up to the house to get our children to safety.

One of the moms was so distraught from seeing Eriks, which is literally right past our kids’ backyard, and an officer approached her getting out of her vehicle. He helped her all the way up to the house, since she was visibly struggling. I can never say enough good about all the hard work, kindness, patience and concern they displayed. In my state of mind, I failed to ask the officers their names, but it would have been Nov. 17 around 6:30 p.m.

I would be very appreciative if you would please let the force know there are a couple of citizens out here who simply cannot express enough how grateful we were to have such wonderful officers assisting us. I have always loved the city of Kokomo, but this experience further reinforces my appreciation for our great city and all its awesome employees! I might be slightly biased, since my husband works for the street department, but I think we have the most amazing group of people employed by any city, anywhere!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the dedication and hard work of the entire police force during this devastating, emotion-heightening experience. We could not have asked for a better squad!

I believe everyone should seek the positives that occurred during this event. Because I was truly blessed to experience such a positive encounter in the midst of a truly difficult time, I feel compelled to share my sincere gratitude. Thank you to the KPD, and all awesome city employees, who have worked tirelessly and with a servant’s heart and attitude during this difficult time!

Diana Mishler


Thank you to those who assisted others

As a citizen of Bunker Hill, I thank all who responded to assist during our power outage. Thank you to those who opened our community center as a shelter, the Red Cross volunteers who provided cots and other supplies, and the various individuals, churches, businesses and organizations that provided food.

I especially thank the many skilled utility employees who are spending long hours in the outdoor environment replacing poles, lines and other equipment to restore our power throughout the area.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill