My question, Do you have any news for

Laura Nethken Published:

My question, Do you have any news for my column?, occasionally pays off. I received an e-mail from Carol Flask, describing a rather hair-raising eventshe and Lois Warjon of Suffield experienced when a tire blew on Lois car at a dangerous curve on S.R. 532 in Tallmadge. Carols emphasis however was on the restoration of the human race but particularly on that generation of young people (who stopped and helped) whom I estimate were all born in the 1960s. Carol and Bob Flask had attended the funeral of their best friend William (Bill) Powell, a Korean War veteran and bronze star medalist.The incident with the car happened when Carol and Lois, sister-in-law of the deceased, left the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home to set up food service for the wake at the home of Daleen (Powell) and Scott Hartmanin Tallmadge. Carol noted that she had carried her cell phone to keep in touch with the family throughout the process of their friends passing, but deliberately didnt have it with her at this time so it wouldnt ring during the service.But now she needed it. She said, Within four minutes of our problem, occupants of four cars stopped to assist us. The first was a young mother with five young passengers who offered me her cell phone and enabled me to call AAA.She no sooner left than a carload of young men wearing Ohio State sportswear jumped from their car offering assistance.We sent them on assuring them we were waiting for AAA. Within seconds, a lone young man pulled up determined to see to our safety.Again he gave us his cell phone to call ahead to let our mourning friends know our whereabouts.He refused to abandon us until our dilemma was resolved.Disregarding our protests that we had called AAA and that the situation was too dangerous to allow him to change our tire, he proceeded to begin the process. Another young man pulled up and the two managed to move the car, level it, jack it up, (at one point actually, manually lifting the front end to secure the jack) and put our spare tire on.AAA had not yet arrived but we were safe and ready to leave and in awe of the determination of two strangers who dedicated themselves to our safety, she said. I needed to know who they were, she added.The young man who refused to hear our protests and took charge of the situation was Brian Thomas,an employee of the Record Courier. (Thomas is district manager for the Record-Courier in the circulation department.) Carol went on to say that, The assisting stranger was Steve Gough of Mogadore.(Gough was on his way home from work at Reuther Mold in Cuyahoga Falls.) We, of course, handed them money which was promptly refused.Brian Thomas said, If I took money I wouldnt feel as though I had done a good deed.Just send my condolences to the family.That is payment enough. After much persuading we convinced both that they could use our gratuity to help someone else and only then did they agree. Steve Gough had already noted that he would be sponsoring a child in an upcoming science project and Brian Thomas acknowledged that he would only accept the money if we realized it would be passed on to a needy individual, she said. Steve Gough told me by phone that he has helped others with car problems and the favors have been returned.He feels that it would be a better world if we all took the time to help others when the occasion arises. Carol added, His (Brian Thomas) total dedication to our safety will be a lifelong highlight in my memory. I met Margaret Kronen and her daughter, Marnie Janson of Brimfield, at the annual Needlework Show held recently at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.Margaret came to see her friends entry andMarnie came to see the childrens entries and to make sure that she will be notified of next years show.While we chatted, I learned that Margaret knows my neighbor, Jack Morphy, and was a close friend of the late Loreen Morphy. It really is a small world. Stow will miss a special lady, Ethel Osman, who passed away on March 18 after suffering a stroke at 87 years of age.A remarkable woman who gave so much of herself to this community.We will remember Ethel and her smile. E-mail: HDahlman@aol.com Phone: (330) 928-1920

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