9/19/2012 8:44:00 AM Letter: Auto mechanic gave more than he knows
Our daughter's husband is in the military serving as a para-rescue man in the Air Force. This young man has already served nine tours in Afghanistan and saved the lives of several civilians on our own shores. Now, with orders to move his family from Tucson to Japan, Chino Valley was their first stop for family goodbyes and to pick up a tow trailer. To their dismay, their car required repairs before a trailer could be towed. They headed to Doug's Auto Repair expecting the worst. However, when Doug learned that his mechanic was repairing the vehicle of a para-rescue man (one among a handful of young men whose chosen path is to risk their lives "so that others may live"), he gave our son-in-law a grateful thank you and removed all costs for labor.
Appreciating that small businesses are struggling to simply survive in this depressed economy, Doug's Auto Repair gave more than a thank you to a service man. He gave him one less thing to worry about. You see, unbeknownst to Doug, the kids had already depleted most of their savings due to unexpected costs, such as this would have been.
This gracious gesture by Doug's Auto Repair did much more than ease a bit of the financial burden on this military family. It gave them a memory of Chino Valley being a place where its citizens truly give our young military men and women the support they need.