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South Carolinians step forward in

on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The flood events in South Carolina brought much attention to our state. With countless state responders working with out-of-state and national agencies, the lives of many were spared.
But these responders were not alone. South Carolinians stepped forward to the challenges by sheltering; providing needed food/drink/supplies; moving forward with the arduous task of cleanup, and in giving of their personal finances.

It is to that end I write. My responsibilities with the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association involve the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. A nationally recognized speaker came to Lake City this past Saturday to provide leadership training for area firefighters. With personnel deploying across the state, it was understandable our attendance was low. Our small group went to Baker’s Sweets Bistro and Bakery and while I was preparing to pay for our lunch, our waitress informed me a patron purchased our meals.

The patron and group were exiting the bakery at the time but we were able to speak with them. I explained our presence in Lake City involved a training session rather than any emergent necessity, but our benefactor expressed great appreciation for the willingness and determination of South Carolina responders and stated it was appropriate to thank us for the efforts displayed during the week.

Our lives were blessed by this special kindness and it will be paid forward. A check will be provided the South State Bank Emergency Relief Fund, which is coordinating flood relief efforts with the Central Community Foundation in your area.

Bryan G. Riebe, Lake City

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