Honored, humbled

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To the Editor:

A few weeks ago, I was given the most amazing retirement party. Oak Bluffs ambulance members, led by Trulayna Rose, put on a magical evening for me at the Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs. EMTs from Tri-Town, Tisbury, and Edgartown, nurses and receptionists from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, friends from the community, family members, and my special friend, Jillian Guest, were all in attendance. The gifts were amazing, and generous beyond belief.

The meal was a total feast from beginning to end of the 20-foot-long tables filled with pulled pork, brisket, chowder, fantasy cake, cookies, pies by new EMT Max Moreis and cupcakes by Kelsey. The highlight was a wonderful toast by fire and EMS chief John Rose, as well as beautiful music all evening long by Rico Holly and friend.

It was an evening filled with so much love. My gratitude goes out to everyone who was a part of it. I loved my job at Oak Bluffs ambulance. I always said that regardless of age, I had found my niche. I loved my co-workers, and the transports to off-Island hospitals. In retrospect I have been so privileged to work with EMS and Fire, such a caring group of people who totally care for their community. I was both honored and humbled by a perfect evening.

Fran Bradley

West Tisbury