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An outpouring of love

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By Calen McKinney

In the past few days, I've seen an outpouring of love, kindness and compassion. And it's wonderful to see. But I expected nothing less.

If anyone needed proof that the Taylor County community is made up of some great people, they only need to read a story on the front page of today's issue. Various fundraisers have begun to help Tony Grider and Alex Quinn - and their fellow EMS, firefighter, dispatch and law enforcement co-workers.

Usually it's these people who are there for us when we need help. Well now, we get to return that favor.

Grider and Quinn, who were seriously injured last Thursday when they got too close to a power line after an ALS ice bucket challenge, are showing improvement with each passing day.

As a reporter, I have gotten to know many of the personnel at local EMS, fire and rescue, law enforcement and dispatch. Many I consider friends. So when I heard that two were injured on campus, my breath caught.

It's never good to hear that anyone is injured. But when it's someone you know, the situation becomes different.

I have known Grider and Quinn for some time now.

Grider helps with Ghost Out each year, to help students learn what could happen when people drink and drive. I have seen Grider at countless Crusade for Children collections.

For those who know Grider at all, you know I'm telling the truth when I say he is a true cutup, but one of the most loyal and hardworking people you will ever meet.

Quinn is one of the first on the scene at any automobile crash. He works with a quiet focus. He knows exactly what to do, and he does it.

I have said it many times, and I will say it again. Taylor County is a great place to live. If someone is down, there are countless people there to help pick the person up.

Many thanks go to those who have donated to help Grider and Quinn. Your donations will help their families in their time of need.

In the story about the many fundraisers begun to help the two men, you will read about Eric Townsend, a close friend of Grider's, who, with help from Jeff Coffey, created a fund at United Citizens Bank. Any money donated to the fund will be given to Grider's and Quinn's families.

Townsend told me that he had hoped to raise a few hundred dollars to help the families with hotel rooms and other expenses. But within a few days, the fund had grown to more than $2,000.

I know that not everyone can donate monetarily to Grider and Quinn. But we can all keep the two men and their families in their prayers.

And while you're at it, pray for all our fire and rescue, EMS, law enforcement and dispatch personnel.

Keep the outpouring of support coming.