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September 5, 2012
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Thank you to good people of Eagle and Gypsum

In my business, we used to have a saying, "Catch somebody doing something right." Sadly, these days it seems that only people doing bad things are newsworthy. And that's a shame.

On June 25, I was passing through Eagle on the tail end of a cross country road trip, headed for an engagement in California, when my vehicle stopped running, just allowing me to exit the highway before total immobilization at the westbound exit ramp stop light. While I was on the phone with AAA arranging a tow, I was amazed by the number of folks who stopped to offer assistance. Three kids in a van stopped traffic and pushed the car over to the shoulder. A dad and two children on bicycles, a number of passing motorists, a family returning from shopping - all good people offering to help a total stranger. Most incredible - I looked up at one point while awaiting the tow truck to see a fellow (Rob) walking down from the corner bearing a Styrofoam container. He had brought me a tasty dinner from his church's Monday "Simple Supper," and offered to wait with me for the tow truck. He provided a personal introduction to a local motel that he felt sure would offer a reasonable rate should I be a stranded traveler, which seemed likely, as it was past 7 p.m. by that time.

The AAA recommended repair shop (Werks) in Gypsum who waited late for me, secured and installed a new alternator, at reasonable cost, and had me back on the road by 9 p.m., in time to fulfill my obligation. Thank you to all good people of Colorado. I, for one, shall continue to "pay it forward!"

Albert Clarke

Santa Barbara, Calif.

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The VailDaily Updated Sep 5, 2012 12:58PM Published Sep 5, 2012 12:58PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.