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May 21, 2014

Two good deeds in a week

ASHLAND — We are surrounded with bad stories about people every day.

Here are a couple of good ones that came across my desk this week.

Good deed No. 1

Linda Preston, a resident at Frasure’s Personal Care Home in Flatwoods, was enjoying a meal of pork roast and mashed potatoes last week when she found herself choking.

She had taken too big of a bite and it was blocking her airways.

“Everybody thought I was a goner and I did, too,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe. They thought I was coughing. A girl looked at me and said, ‘Are you choking?’ I shook my head ‘yes.’”

To her rescue came Jim Whitt, who works in the kitchen at the home. He immediately put his training to work and performed the Heimlich maneuver. It took three tries, but eventually that piece of pork roast came out.

“After the third time, everybody started clapping,” she said. “I just want him to know how much I appreciate what he did. He saved my life, that’s what he did.”

Good deed No. 2

Chase Sammons, a 20-year-old living in Ashland, was mostly minding his own business last week while cutting his 94-year-old great-grandmother’s grass.

That’s almost enough of a good deed.

Sammons looked down and found a small purse. He looked inside and it had 20 credit cards, all of which were active. He found a business card and called the owner to tell her what he found.

“She was about to cry, that somebody would care enough to return it,” he said. “At first, I didn’t realize what it was. She thought somebody had stolen it out of her car.”

Sammons looked through the phone book for her number with no luck. That’s when he found the business card.

“I’m glad I was able to help her out,” he said. “That’s what we should do.”

Two good deeds: How about that?

— Mark Maynard

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