Firemen at Palestine's Fire Station 1 got to enjoy some special “thank you” chili on Tuesday – compliments of ladies in the Harvey Woman's Club, who prepared lunch for the men.
Partakers of the meal included members of the Palestine Fire Department's B crew, who were the first to respond to the scene of a house fire that claimed the life of former Harvey president Patsy Green last month.
President-elect Michele Merryman organized the event, calling it “a Harvey Woman's Club Firemen Thank You.” She said the group wanted to pay respects to their former president and honor the firemen who did everything they could – men who put their own lives in danger on the job “every time an alarm goes off,” Merryman noted.
“So we thought, we love food and we know ya'll love food,” Merryman told the men, a sentiment expounded upon by Candis Wells, past president.
“And we could not be any more grateful than we could ever show you for what you did to try to save Patsy that night,” Wells said. “She was a dear lady to all of us, and having been our president at the time of her death, it's been difficult for us – but we cannot say enough to say thank you.”
Green's daughter Tracy Green also was present during the luncheon.
“I just personally want to say thank you,” Green said. “You tried everything you could. Even the doctors at Parkland (Parkland Hospital in Dallas) told us that she lasted a lot longer than they thought she would have, and that wouldn't have been possible without you guys.”
Green, a 73-year-old Palestine resident, was life-flighted March 21 to Parkland Hospital in Dallas after firefighters responded to the scene at her house on the corner of Rambling Road and Highland Drive. Green was found lying on the ground in front of the home.