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Editor:

I am writing to publicly thank UHP Trooper Landon Middaugh and Sgt Loveland who went above and beyond their call of duty on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

I work for Community Action, which is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to those in need. Although I was officially off that particular day, I had traveled to the Park City Market to pick up their day-old bread and bakery items. I was traveling back home to Coalville via I-80 when I suddenly had a blow out.

I was able to safely bring my vehicle to the edge of the road and was using my cell phone to try and decide what to do since my trunk was over full with the items I had just picked up. Within 5 minutes Trooper Middaugh arrived at the back of my vehicle. As I rolled my window down he commented that obviously he was having a better day than I, to which I agreed. I had barely advised him that I was going to make arrangements to get my tire to Coalville for repair. Trooper Middaugh had immediately obtained his jack and tire wrench from his patrol vehicle and was in the process of jacking my car up to remove the tire. He was more concerned for my safety than his own. Semi trucks were going by when one of them came very close to striking the officer. Trooper Middaugh called his sergeant and advised him of the semi that nearly hit him. I was so impressed with this officer’s willingness and professionalism to help me, knowing that they hardly ever receive acknowledgement or words of praise for their actions, but rather negative for what they are held to do to uphold the law.

As the trooper completed removing my tire, he placed it in his vehicle and told me he would take me to Coalville and wait for me to get the tire replaced and take me back. He didn’t ask, I didn’t ask him, but rather he just did it. On our way to Coalville his sergeant had made contact with the semi that nearly hit Trooper Middaugh so the trooper stayed on that scene to follow up with the truck driver. I was introduced to Sgt Loveland who grabbed my tire and placed it his vehicle and took me to Jason Moore’s tire store and waited while they replaced my tire and took me back to the mouth of Silver Creek Canyon.

Although I worked in law enforcement for 25 years, it was refreshing and exciting to know that the UHP goes way above and beyond their call of duty. Yes, they write citations to those of us that break the law, but they also investigate accidents, injury, non-injury, and those unfortunate fatal ones. They direct traffic on all sorts of weather days, and yes, they even drink an occasional cup of coffee with a doughnut. But they also provide public safety to all of us.

Thank you, Trooper Middaugh and Sgt Loveland, for assisting me at a time when it was so much needed and very much appreciated.

Tracy Sargent

Community Action Services

Coalville, Kamas, Park City

Park City Turkey Drive spreads its wings

Editor:

Last Thursday and Friday was the 7th Annual Park City Turkey Drive held at the Market in Park City and once again the event was a great big success.

The big picture: We collected in excess of 1,815 turkeys and thousands of pounds of nonperishable food items.

On a local level our drive provided 400 birds to the Park City Food Pantry located on Munchkin Road. That means between 2,000 and 2,400 residents in our local Park City community enjoyed a turkey meal thanks to the many contributors. The Park City Pantry was the sole benefactor of all the dry and non-perishable foods.

This drive is made possible by the generous members of the Park City Board of Realtors who gave from their hearts to support this successful event. This was the first year, we saw the turkey drive go beyond the Realtors and into the community. Colby School participated in a huge way and they provided enough turkey to feed 320 people. The Park City High School Interact Club collected bags of food, and both Prudential Utah Real Estate and Keller Williams held food drives at their offices and collected hundreds and hundreds of pounds of food. Additionally, many local residents came to Market at Park City just to support the drive and the community, family members, friends and clients contributed about 750 turkeys, one at a time.

The annual turkey drive is provided in its entirety by Mike Holmes at the Market in Park City. He has been our ardent supporter for the past 7 years and for two days Mike and his staff devoted their time and energy to ensuring the success of this event. Thank you, Mike, for another great year.

Every penny collected goes to purchasing a turkey we have absolutely no overhead so we rely completely on volunteer help. This year, I was so thankful that Janalee Jacobsen, Nicole Johnson, Michelle Canada, Rob Lea, Robyn Farrant, Tracy Jaret, Debbie Voss and Vicki Burgess tirelessly gave of their time and incredible upbeat and high energy. They are an amazing group and loving thanks to them all.

Finally, a heartfelt and sincere giant thanks to my colleagues and friends, the Park City Realtors. You have again shown the depths of your compassion and, without you, the overwhelming results and the number of people we are feeding this holiday season would not be possible. And to Keller Williams for your ginormous company donation to the turkey drive, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please thank your Realtor/friend for their never-ending support to our community and I hope you will put the 8th Annual Turkey Drive on your 2009 calendar.

With sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude,

Deb Hartley

Park City Turkey Drive


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