by Anura Guruge
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Though an avid news junkie I really don’t watch that much WMUR. Most nights, around midnight I try to check WMUR online but I don’t do that religiously every night. So I had missed this story. Yes, thinking back I do remember ‘seeing’ a story about a tree falling on a man BUT I had not realized that it happened in Alton.
Tonight, prior to starting my 3rd shift (which goes on till past 1 am) I stayed a watched bit more TV (after the cricket) because there were so many ‘hot’ stories going on. Just before switching off I clicked on WMUR. They had just started the story about the 6-year old getting an award from Alton Fire. That got my attention. Then I saw her name. The ‘Montague’ rang a bell. Then when said Tom Montague and a few seconds later showed a picture of him I was SHOCKED.
He is my buddy from the Alton Post Office. The accident happened on Sunday, Oct. 5. I just checked my ‘diary’. I had seen him on Thursday, October 2nd. As usual we joshed. We kid each other. He is a real nice guy. A few years ago, on a cold, wintery Saturday ‘morning’, he gave us a jump-start outside the Post Office when the van died because the kids had left the radio on. That is Tom. Always so helpful.
I feel dreadful. He is badly hurt and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. I am going to call him this weekend. I hope he can talk. What a shame. I have a horrible feeling that I might never see him again behind the counter with his impish grin.
What he was doing pushing on 30′ trees is another issue.
Plus, the newscast about the Granddaughter’s award contained a very incongruous and I must confess, somewhat scary statement. Check it out. It said: “Jacey ran back to her house, which was locked. She used her nails to pick the lock and called 911.”
A six-year old using her nails to pick the lock? That in my mind raises so many questions ….
That all thing worries me too. If you have a lock that a six-year old can pick why bother to use it? I am not even going to ask how a 6 year old knew how to pick a lock?
What is key is that Tom gets better. Poor Tom.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 UPDATE.
I called up Dartmouth-Hitchcock around 3pm and got to speak to Tom (as well as his daughter). Tom sounded good and was cheerful. I didn’t talk long. His voice is different. I kidded him a bit, as I always do. Told him that his broken pelvic will definitely impact his sex life for a couple of weeks. That amused him — though, in reality, things are more serious than that.
On the TV report (above) the 6-year old plans to take her mum out for dinner with her $10 that she got from Alton Fire Dept. That was touching. I found out that she wants to take mum to Johnsons. I told her that I will take care of ‘that’ and make sure that her $10 will buy her and mum dinner. Least we can do — though I am sure many other have jumped in too.
Deanna found this picture on Facebook. I am republishing it here and I am sure that Colleen and Tom will not object. Notice that Tom looks good and is smiling.
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