STACEY MILLER: Reader thanks first responders, community after fire

TO THE EDITOR: 

On Oct. 3, six families, one of whom was my son, his girlfriend and my two granddaughters, myself and four other people lost what we called home in a fire.

I could have never imagined the feelings and hopelessness that goes through one’s mind when they are watching their life-long possessions go up in flames. As hard as that night was for all of us, there were so many people there to help and give us encouragement that everything is going to be OK.

First I would like to thank the men and women of the fire departments that responded. With your fast work and incredible skills, you worked together and got the fire out quickly.

Det. Sgt. John Riley, you were supportive and caring and made us feel as if things were going to work out. You are an amazing person.

To the American Red Cross: wow, the work you ladies and gentleman do is amazing; you all gave us a little piece of mind that night and much needed help. To Julie Martin for bringing over the snacks and watermelon, it was absolutely wonderful and very much appreciated.

To Cyndy Fuller — whom I believe is the most supportive and caring landlord and friend anyone could ask for — Pat and Ginny Thomas, Dawn Stefanski, Bethany and Tony Merrill, Rusty Manke and Kari Warren, Matt Manke and Brittan, Mike and Kelly Gates, Jenny Ludwigson, Erin and Paul Garrett, Rob Guenther, Bob Yates and Mr. and Mrs. Owens, and Allison Anderson for all you have done for us and given us to get us back on our feet.

To my amazing family: the support, encouragement and the unconditional love you have always given us, we could never thank you enough. Lisa Reese for being there every step of the way. Cheering us on and telling us it’s only going to get better.

To my boss and friend, Jim and Sandy Faiella for always being there and treating us like your own family.

If I have inadvertently left anyone out I am so sorry, and please know your willingness to help is not forgotten and you all will be forever in our hearts.

Thank you again,

Stacey Miller and family
Manistee

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