The story of my neighbor's compassionate act

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

To the Editor:

In the middle of a raging snowstorm that had sleet adding misery to the weather conditions, I suddenly developed a severe case of cellulitis in my leg and had spiked a high fever. I was in an emergency condition requiring an ambulance to get me out of my home and transport me to the local hospital in PennYan. All of the roads and my driveway were covered by a foot of snow and ice.

The ambulance was called and the First Responder emergency person arrived and as he pulled into my driveway he got stuck and blocked it so the ambulance would not be able to get into my door. The responder got to me and immediately packed ice from the freezer around me, and then alerted the ambulance. Because of the unplowed roads the ambulance reported that it was having trouble making it up the steep Italy Hill.

My neighbor had just settled down in his bed. My wife, Judy, called him to ask if he could plow and clear the driveway. Jim knew it had to be a serious emergency so he got dressed and came right over. He moved the First Responder’s car out of the driveway and plowed it, plus he shoveled the entranceway into the house. He heard that the ambulance was having trouble getting through the unplowed road. He drove to meet the ambulance and plowed the road in front of the ambulance all the way up Italy Hill and Italy Friend Road right up to my house and driveway.

My neighbor’s name is Jim Beach. There was even more that he did. Jim plowed the road to PennYan, some 30 miles, plowing the road in front of the ambulance all the way to the hospital.

I’ll always be grateful to you Jim. You are the most compassionate neighbor that I have ever had! It is comforting to know that you are here. God bless you!

Joseph Beauchemin