On Friday, Oct. 4, my family and I were traveling north on 95 to Sandpoint, but unfortunately we struck a deer two miles from your town. We couldn’t go any farther. No one in the car was hurt and the deer walked away. As my husband called 911 and told the dispatcher where we were, a woman traveling south stopped and offered assistance. She said she grew up in Grangeville and knows everybody. I wish I had gotten her name. She stayed with us until the sheriff arrived.
The deputy, Gideon Roberts, was the nicest and most professional person we have seen in a long time. First he checked my family to see if we were alright and no injuries, and then checked on the deer. After calling my insurance company, Gideon Roberts called for a tow truck, Dale’s Rescue Towing. The sheriff and the tow truck had a quick response. The sheriff did his paperwork and then gave one of my boys and myself and all our belongings a ride to Super 8 while my husband stayed with Dale’s Rescue Towing. When my car was on the tow truck, Dale’s Rescue Towing then gave my other boy and husband a ride to Super 8.
At the Super 8 we were greeted by a woman named Janet. She was very helpful in getting our room and helping us get pizza delivered. But after hearing me tell my husband that the nearest rental car place was in Lewiston, Janet offered to drive me and one of my boys there to get a rental car if needed. I was overwhelmed at her generosity, and I told her I would let her know and Janet gave me her business card with her phone number.
The next morning was very hectic, stranded in a town and waiting on insurance company calls can be frustrating to a family of four. After three hours of trying to get a rental car seemed a long day ahead. The rental car places in Lewiston were not going to be an option. We were trying to figure out staying the weekend and my boys missing school and my husband and I missing work on Monday, but one of our friends from Horseshoe Bend called and said they were on their way to pick up my family of four and all our belonging to bring us back home to Caldwell. Then things got better. The woman on duty at the Super 8 was Laurie. She provided us a space to keep our stuff safe until our friends arrived. She informed us what was downtown and said we could come back to the lobby anytime and would turn on the music and my boys could watch TV. As we walked through town we were impressed by the people — friendly, honest and caring. We stopped by the Ray Holes Saddle Company and met John. He was very nice and showed us around his store. He made us feel welcomed and we told him we would be back. We went in several small shops, grocery store, pawn shop and antique store. Everybody was great. All the people we passed on the street were friendly and waved.
We got back to the hotel, and Janet had called to check on us and our situation. My husband called her and told her that we have a ride coming to get us. Then she offered to help us get back to Grangeville to get my car after it was repaired.
So to the people in Grangeville, thank you for being the kind, decent people that you are. I know that we will be back to Grangeville as we fell in love with the charm and solitude it has to offer and its wonderful people.
Dawn Wren, Caldwell