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July 7, 2014

Northern Notes: Firefighters fix local woman's flat — and fast

Niki Roxbury discovered that the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department administration building on Parsons Road is the perfect place to get a flat tire. After a few panicked phone calls and all caps text messages to her dad, multiple firefighters, including Chief Pat Parker, offered their assistance in changing her tire.

Even though she attempted to refuse assistance, their persistence never wavered.

“Rick Osbourn and Mike Courson lifted my tire from the back of my Isuzu, bypassing their physical agility requirements for the week as well as allowing me to make it to work almost on time,” she said.

Roxbury said she wanted to thank not only Parker and two firefighters who changed her tire and saved the day, but the all of the community’s firefighters who go above and beyond to serve their community.

n Thomas Keith of Traverse City wrote to say that serving as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for the past nine years has been a rewarding experience, especially working with their wonderful staff and a great core group of fellow volunteers.

But he said a new group of volunteers, staff from the temporarily closed Red Ginger restaurant, really impressed him.

Restaurant owner Dan Marsh and his management team, who have continued to pay their staff during the closure, tasked their staff to go into the community and volunteer at local organizations.

“To be able, in the midst of such a powerful business event, to also pay attention to how you could contribute to your community says so much. Thank you so much for demonstrating how to help make our community a better place,” Keith said.

Habitat volunteer coordinator Ashlee Bartleson said putting the Red Ginger volunteers to work has been a great help toward reaching their goal of building 10 homes over the next two years, and completing the first three by late summer.

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