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Letters to the editor — Tuesday (3-10-2015)

Dental clinic was a community effort

The NC Missons of Mercy dental clinic held here in Salisbury this past weekend was an amazing and awesome event but it would not have happened without the help and support of all of the downtown churches, so I want to thank First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s, Soldiers AME Zion, St. John’s, First Presbyterian and the church that I serve, First United Church of Christ for sponsoring this event. What a great way of visibly working together for our community!

I want to also thank Catawba College for allowing the use of their gym and for Livingstone College’s Culinary Arts program, Panera Bread and Chick fil-A for their donations of food for our volunteers.

This event could not have happened without all of the community volunteers who gave of their time and, of course, the dentists, oral surgeons, lab techs, radiologist, dental hygienists, nurses and everyone else who willingly gave up time off over the days that this event occurred. I know that the people who were treated at this clinic truly appreciate all your time and effort, love and care for them. As the psalmist reminds us “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

— The Rev. Carol Hallman

Salisbury

Several cared for motorcycle crash victim

On Sunday, March 8, my wife and I were in the second car to arrive upon the accident where a motorcyclist was killed on Majolica Road. Cindy Rogers, a registered nurse who works at the VA hospital in Salisbury, was out of her house in seconds working to comfort, stabilize, and try to save the life of the victim.

I did not get the names of two other Samaritans who helped, but they also deserve recognition and thanks. The first person to get through to 911 intelligently put her phone on speaker phone and held it far enough away from Mrs. Rogers so it would not interfere with her work, but yet close enough so Mrs. Rogers could communicate with the 911 operator, identifying herself as an RN and giving much-needed medical information.

The other person whose name I do not know jumped from her car, identified herself as an Emergency Room nurse and immediately began to assist Mrs. Rogers. They worked together as a perfect team until the paramedics arrive and the responders could take their turns trying to save the victim’s life. Thanks to all who did all they could to help.

— Dr. S. B. “Doc” Warner

Salisbury

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