A return to remember

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Words are not enough to express our sincere thanks for the care and attention received Aug. 24 when our car suddenly veered off of Highway 527 and bounced over rough terrain before coming to a halt in a deep but, luckily, a broad ditch.
Jackie and Jason Kelly and Jackie’s parents, Karen and Scott pulled over their vehicles as we climbed out of the ditch. Jackie called the CAA and OPP and she and Jason and young Haley stayed with us for almost two hours waiting for the police.
During this time, dozens of vehicles pulled over or slowed down to inquire if help was needed.
Eventually we were able to talk the Kellys into driving one of us on to our camp at McLeish Lake where our neighbours Rob Kotanen and Ron Eisworth drove back to the scene and readily moved our car’s contents into their vehicle for transport back to McLeish.
OPP Sgt. Don Everts was on the scene by this time. He remained with the vehicle until the tow truck arrived. This meant that we could return to McLeish where we were warmly received by Tuula Kotanen and other neighbours.
Rob wins the ‘neighbour of the year’ award in our books. Arriving at our camp door at 9 the next morning, he drove us to town to begin the work of contacting our insurers and other details. Rob stayed with us until we had rental car keys in our hands, about 4 p.m. Jonathon Brattengeier handled our repair needs promptly and efficiently.
We are among a number of former Thunder Bay residents who regularly return long after leaving the city (1990 for us). The warmth and caring of Thunder Bay citizens continues to call us back.
Sharon and Bruce McKay
Dundas, Ont.