Some Longview firefighters got a nice holiday surprisefrom Buckner Westminster Place today. They thought they were going to give safety tips, andthey ended up "pie-d" ... but not in the comedic sense. We were there when Buckner gave thanks.
"One two, three, surprise! Y'all come on in," announcedWesley Wells, Executive Director of Buckner Westminster Place, to thefirefighters as they walked in to the Friendship Room.
They were surprised, and a little confused until thesituation was clarified a little.
"Y'all are a little too healthy, so we want to put alittle meat on you this holiday," Wesley explained.
So they gave the firefighters enough pies to eat one andhave one, too: One for work, and one for Thanksgiving.
And then the residents gave the firefighter their thanks.
"You picked me up about three o'clock in the morning. I'dbroken one ankle, and I'll never forget that. You taught my son-in-law how topick someone up that night. Thank you so much," said one resident.
"We know we can depend on someone to know what to do,"said another.
"When I first came here, you all were here at least once aweek getting baby ducks out of the drain," stated yet another resident.
Bill Perryman, former Longview Fire Chief decided hecouldn't miss this one.
He said, "I know that if they're as proud to be a firemanas I was my thirty years, they're very proud. It's a career that is worth thechallenge, and if you make it and stay with it long enough, you get to retire,but I just want to let you know I'm not there yet,"
"We just appreciate so much our firemen and ourparamedics and they take such good care of us and we wanted to take a moment inthis season of Thanksgiving to tell them thank you," said Wesley Wells.
So, the police may get the doughnuts, but the firemen getthe pies.
The residents baked the pies just hours before thesurprise, and many of them had never baked a pie for anyone but family beforethis.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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