Every day our fire and public safety officers respond to situations that don't always end with a happy note, and when they do, it is not often that they receive words of gratitude in a manner expressed Monday by the VanHaften family of Rockford.
Craig and Becky VanHaften and their son Chad stopped by Alpine Fire Station #1 at Alpine Church Road to express their gratitude towards law enforcement, fire department, and Life EMT personnel who on September 19 kept Craig alive after suffering what could have been a fatal heart attack while getting an oil change at the Pennzoil station on Alpine Ave.
With Pennzoil employees pushing his car out of the bay so that emergency technicians and law enforcement personnel could better reach Craig, it was because of the quick response by fire and police personnel, the proper training, and the right equipment that Craig survived his ordeal.
"God used you to perform a miracle" stated Becky, who prayed feverishly as medically trained personnel worked on her husband. "You are the heroes who brought my husband and our children's father back to us."
Monday, members of the family dropped by Alpine Fire Station to personally thank all those involved in Craig's amazing recovery.
As we continue to celebrate Fire Safety Month, let us expand on that and acknowledge the good that is done by those who protect us from harm and danger.
Left to right Tim Schweitzer, Mark Nawara, Chad VanHaften, Donna VanHaften, Craig VanHaften, Nate Potter, Hanna Messer, Dale DeKorte, Ryan Coil
|Amongst those joining this celebration of life were Kent County Undersheriff John Hess, Sgt. Roger Zoppa, and Sheriff Larry Stelma|
|There was an awful lot of hugging going on|