Magnolia Gardens makes Delivery of Gratitude to first responders

Magnolia residents Clive Putman and Candy Jaatinen, along with Activities Director Lesa Eller and SLCFR crew members. Putman has three sons who are also firefighters outside of South Lane.

Inspired by the residents and staff of Magnolia Gardens as a way to express their gratitude to members of South Lane County Fire and rescue following last month’s snowstorm, Magnolia Gardens directors, staff members and chef delivered a surprise lunch to SLCFR on March 12. As a show of their appreciation, Magnolia Gardens residents provided a full meal to the fire department in an effort to give firefighters a well-deserved day off from cooking.

“We are impressed and grateful for the fine work our fire department does in our community,” said Debby Johannes, Executive Director of Magnolia Gardens. “During our recent snow storm, we called for a transport to the hospital for one of our residents. Her husband wanted to accompany his wife to the hospital. The EMTs generously packed up the husband’s oxygen and wheelchair, and they invited him to travel with his wife to the hospital in the ambulance. We are so grateful for all they do.”

The Magnolia Gardens chef prepared a warm lunch of soup, salad, homemade bread and cookies.

“We appreciate the fire department’s efforts in the community and the traditions they carry,” Pat Patterson,” said former Cottage Grove City Council member and current resident of Magnolia Gardens.

VFW member Dennis Twite explained how, following a wind storm a month ago, the cable on the VFW’s flagpole broke and the fire department pitched in to help. “It was about 30 feet high and we couldn’t reach it,” said Twite. “The fire department brought their truck out and put a new cable up for us.”


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