Gazette Thank You Letter for Nov. 28

info@islandpacket.comNovember 28, 2011 

For fighting fire

In the aftermath of the fire that began in our hay barn on Nov. 18 at 3 a.m., I would like to express our family's gratitude to the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District and its four stations, their off-duty personnel, Beaufort County EMS, the fire scene investigation team and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The fire was in a super-sized shed that held hay for the cows that are seen from U.S. 21, and also hay for many other St. Helena Island residents who have livestock of their own.

We also need to point out that if it weren't for the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority and its immense capability for supplying hydrant water, the damage could have been much worse.

We do need to make special mention of two people. Chief Bruce Kline of the fire department and his hardworking crews that worked there day and night to keep the fire from spreading. The other person is Shawn Lather, owner of Palmetto Site Prep, and his dedicated employees Dwayne Golson and Jordan Williamson. They brought in a backhoe and a bulldozer to push burning hay bales that weighed 800 pounds each, roof tin and iron trusses to aid in extinguishing the fire. They were true volunteers.

This summer's effort and expense to feed livestock on St. Helena is at a loss. Even the forklift to load the hay was destroyed. We will continue growing hay with availability next summer, but sadly at this time, there is no hay for sale.

Craig Henry

St. Helena Island

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