March 14, 2012 —
The night of Feb. 25, 2012 was tragic for the town and those that those that lost their livelihood. It could have been so much worse for my family. My father was one of three people living above Parker's Carpets on the night of the fire. It was about an hour from the time I learned of the fire until I was finally assured that my father, Bob Cartee, was safely out of the building.
That is when the enormity of the situation started to sink in.
My father, at 80 years old, had lost everything but the clothes on his back. As I prepared to leave my home on Monday morning to travel to Olive Hill, my mind was spinning with all that had to be accomplished in the coming days. I knew that Dad had a bed to sleep in for the short term, thanks to Steve and Frieda Parker. I knew that he would be able to start replacing clothes and personal need items, thanks to the American Red Cross. From there, I didn't know what would happen. I really shouldn't have worried so much. By the time I reached Olive Hill around noon, 2 days after the fire, things were quickly falling into place.
My sincere thanks to Paul D. Hensley and Freda Evans, along with the other staff of Hydreco. An apartment was ready for him to move into. As we started to gather furniture and other household items, the outpouring of generosity from the community was overwhelming. I can't even start to mention everyone by name but know that every hug, kind word or gesture was deeply appreciated. A special thanks to Dr. Kevin Jordan and his staff.
I hear lots of talk about Olive Hill dying. I sincerely hope that everyone takes a moment to realize how very special it is to live in a small town with such a big heart.
Lisa Cartee Parker
March 14, 2012 —
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