I wanted to send a sincere thank you to the Mathias-Baker Volunteer Fire Department for their recent hospitality that they showed our family during some extremely difficult times.
On June 28, my family visited West Virginia for a funeral service. Our group of 14 from Southern Maryland decided to hire a bus service to attend the service, so that no one would have to make the three and 1/2 hour drive to West Virginia, or have to worry about driving back that night. After the service, we started on our trip home. Thanks to the wonderful invention called GPS, we turned onto a mountain road that was designed more for a four-wheeler than for a 30-passenger tour bus. Our bus almost went over the edge on two separate occasions before becoming completely stuck at the turn above Jake's Turn.
At 10 p.m., we had no cell service, no flashlights and were scared to death. We were finally able to contact 911 for help, and the sheriff's department did rescue our group about three hours into our ordeal. The officer informed us that there was no where that was open for miles, but contacted the Mathias-Baker Volunteer Fire Department. Some of the volunteers came the the firehouse, and opened their doors to accommodate us until the tour bus could make it off the mountain. The volunteers helped shuttle us off the mountain, made coffee, snacks and gave us a place to relax our nerves.
Once the bus made it off the mountain, we said our good-byes, and continued on miles down the road. The bus blew two tires (presumably from rocks being lodged into the tires from the mountain trails). We were once again stranded. But again, one of the members of the Mathias-Baker Volunteer Fire Department, who had just answered our prayers earlier and was heading to his home, saw our bus disabled once again. He took me back to the fire department one more time to see if we could call the tour company to send another bus out to our location. Of course, no one answered the phones (at this time, it was around 3 a.m.). Seeing our dilemma, and with frantic children, and very scared adults, they once again went above and beyond the call of duty.
They arranged transportation back to the firehouse, and allowed our entire group to get some sleep in their bunk house until we could arrange for transportation back to Maryland.
At 7 a.m., when our replacement bus still had not arrived, they did what I thought to be the most kind thing ever. Your volunteer fire department (whom had stayed up all night with us), went out and bought supplies to make breakfast for our entire crew. Not just toast and cereal, but pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, etc. We did finally get transportation back to Maryland around noon on Sunday, but the hospitality and generosity that they showed complete strangers from two states away has left its mark on me and my family.
Your entire community should feel proud knowing that these volunteers went above and beyond to help people in need. If you get a chance to talk to one of their members, please ask them about the idiots from Maryland. They are all angles in our eyes, and will never be forgotten.
Thank you again. I will never be able to repay the gift that you gave my family, but you will be welcome in southern Maryland any time you wish.
The Jordan / Parthree / Nevitt / Blass / Bishop families of Southern Maryland