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LETTER: Thank you to kind neighbors

To the editor,

We need to relay a story that highlights both the good and bad in human nature.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, between approximately 10:30 and 11 a.m., a large vehicle traveling north on Mill Road caught the Verizon and National Grid lines that ran from a utility pole on the west side of the road to our utility pole in our front yard on the east side of the road. The force of grabbing these wires snapped off our utility pole at the base. The vehicle continued to drive, dragging our utility pole 40 feet into the middle of the street, until it freed of the entanglement and left the scene.

The incident was classified as a hit-and-run by our insurance company and the sheriff’s department. Fortunately, no innocent bystanders were injured by the carelessness and negligence of the driver. We, however, were left without electric service to our home in the middle of January and informed that we were responsible for initiating and paying for the repair to the pole.

This is where the good comes into the story. We were very fortunate to have many neighbors, friends and a local electrician step up immediately and offer assistance. We had been placed in a difficult situation due to the actions of another and these individuals did not hesitate in proving that there are good people with good intentions in the world. You all know who you are, and we are grateful.

And the individual who caused this property damage and drove away, you know who you are as you savor your smug satisfaction believing you got away with this. At this point, we would like to publicly thank those who assisted and ask that if anyone has any information regarding the incident to please come forward.

PEGGY AND DAN SURDAM

SKANEATELES

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