I am writing to thank the wonderful people of Cherokee County who stopped to render aid after my car crash on Sunday, Jan. 9. Driving from Nacogdoches home to Dallas that afternoon, my mother and I were caught on Highway 204 in the snow and sleet. My car slid across the oncoming lanes and into a huge pine tree. My 71-year-old mother was knocked unconscious and we learned later that she suffered two broken vertebrae, a cracked pelvis and broken toe.

A Good Samaritan named Melinda and her husband stopped first and stayed with us the entire time. A nurse named Beverly also stopped and was a great comfort as she took my mother’s pulse and offered a heartfelt prayer for us and the emergency workers. Several other people also stopped and got out into the snow and sleet to offer help as we waited for the ambulance, whose arrival was slowed by the icy roads. I believe that the Gallatin Fire Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were the first official emergency workers on the scene. EMT Crystal Sanders and her colleagues took great care of my mother and got her quickly and safely to ETMC of Jacksonville. She was transported to Tyler ETMC and remains hospitalized with a good outlook for recovery.

Even the tow-truck driver, David of Alliance Towing, was amazingly helpful and patient.

It was a terrible experience, but we know it could have been much worse. Please know that we will always appreciate the kindness we received that day.

Melissa Williams Finn


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