Hugh Carr Letter

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank some very special people who are quite possibly responsible for my being alive today.

On September 10, 2016 while cutting firewood with a chain saw on our farm in Smith County, I sustained a life threatening injury to my lower leg. Realizing that I had to summon immediate help, I was able to retrieve my cell phone and, in spite of extremely limited cell coverage, I reached my friend, Sheriff Charlie Crumpton on the first attempt. This in itself was truly a miracle! Sheriff Crumpton immediately dispatched one of his deputies to my location, then proceeded to call emergency personnel.

First responders from the Homewood Volunteer Fire Department soon arrived and began procedures to stop the bleeding and stabilize my condition until the ambulance arrived. I learned through all of this that several of them were my former students at Forest High School.

Following emergency surgery at UMMC and an extended recovery period, I am happy to say that I am pretty much back to normal.

I am deeply grateful to Sheriff Crumpton and his staff, the Homewood Fire Department First Responders, and the paramedics aboard the ambulance. I sincerely believe that without their rapid and excellent care, I would not be here today. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated professionals serving our communities.

On behalf of myself and my family I say a heartfelt thank you!

Hugh Carr