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Motorist thanks women who helped her at store

Last Saturday I locked myself out of the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot, went into the store and asked the clerk to call my husband. No answer. Called my brother and he was out for the day.

So as I was getting ready to call a cab, two young women heard my story and offered to drive me home. I got my husband's key and they drove me back to Wal-Mart. When I told a couple of people that I got into a stranger's car, they said they would never do that.

I learned a long time ago, there are good people in this world and I met two good women who helped me.

Jay Shaira

New Port Richey

Two men unselfishly helped others fight fire

This past week we had a bad brush fire at Country Place Village off State Road 54.

Several homes were in danger and the residents took as many hoses as possible to keep the flames away until the fire department arrived.

All afternoon two men were doing more than their share to help. We knew they were not from the immediate area.

We later found out these two men were going home from work on the highway and saw how close the flames were to our homes.

They pulled off the highway and into our park and grabbed available hoses and stayed until the fire was completely out. We only found out one of their names, Bill Nelson of Tampa.

We want to thank him and the other man so very much! It is nice to know there are still some very wonderful people in our area. Thanks so much to you both!

Mel and Phyllis Blank

New Port Richey

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