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That man you saved was me — I will always be grateful

To all the people responsible for saving the life of the man who crashed his black truck in Lycoming Creek on Thursday, I thank you. It was me you saved. Only by your dedication, hours of training, and willingness to help a stranger, am I alive today. I took a very beautiful day and made a mess of it and God sent all of you Angels to my rescue. If I knew all of your names, I’d thank you personally, but unfortunately, I only caught glimpses of most of you and so many I didn’t see. Fortunately for me, you were all there. I give you all my word that I will pay it forward every chance I get for the rest of my life that you all gave me back.

Thank you again to all of you first responders, rescue teams, paramedics, ambulance attendees, doctors, nurses, and of course to that one person who first called 911. None of you had to do for me what you did. I’m not sure if God exists, but I believe in Jesus’ walk. You all acted miraculously and very Jesus-like. Thank you and Bless you all. I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my words or forget to mention anyone. The words “thank you” are not strong enough to express the gratitude that I feel, but I will strive to be a better person to all with this life you gave me back.

I also want to humbly apologize for putting all of you in harm’s way, but I am so grateful for your dedication and willingness to help a stranger. Thank you so much for being who each of you are.

RONALD D. WINKLEMAN

Mill Hall

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