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home : opinions : letters to the editor   April 30, 2016

2/8/2014 9:27:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Buda shines bright

The town of Buda deserves recognition for its spirit of hospitality and charity.

On the evening of Sunday, Jan. 26 my family was heading home from Galena to Peoria on Route 40 when we experienced severe white-out conditions. We continued as it appeared to be clearing but 3 miles south of Buda at 6:30 p.m. we could not see the hood of the car and ended up in a snow bank.

After calling 911 we received a call back from the local authorities telling us they would try to get someone out to pull us out but it may be awhile due to the severe weather. We started to get concerned as we were right next to the road with oncoming traffic that had little to no visibility and the weather forecast called for wind chill temperatures of -40 f.

Around 9 p.m. a gentleman named Wally Stodgill (he owns the local muffler repair shop in town) arrived and told us he was sent to pick us up and take us to the local community center. Please note that by this time the conditions were even worse and it was very hazardous on the road. So bad in fact that Wally could not see a thing and he got stuck in a snow bank on the way back to town.

Wally called a local farmer and he showed up in his tractor and pulled us out. Buda had opened their local community center and had volunteers (Sara and Andrea) who braved the weather and came in during the storm and stayed throughout the night. Also the local Casey’s brought in doughnuts and snacks. One of the volunteer firemen brought in 30-plus blankets for the 6 or 7 seven parties at the center. In the morning Casey’s brought in more food for the group. At 7 a.m. Wally pulled us out of the snowbank and Sheriff Brent made sure everything was OK before we got back on the road. Wow, that was truly following the example of the Good Samaritan.

The spirit of your community shined brightly through the storm.

Joe Hickey,

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