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Hays should be proud

9/29/2013

Hays should be proud

On Aug. 10, I was returning home to North Carolina from a six-week fishing trip in Colorado. Approximately a mile east of Hays on Interstate 70, two young men in a small red sedan pulled along side me and frantically waved for me to pull over.

After quickly going over the possibilities of all the bad things that these two men might be up to, I decided that with traffic being "normal" and it being broad daylight, there was not much chance that anything "bad" was going to happen.

As I walked along side the driver's side of my truck and small RV I didn't see anything wrong, however, as soon as I reached the passenger side corner, I saw the smoke pouring from the wheel on that side. Obviously, this meant a bad wheel bearing and if these two young men had not stopped me when they did either the wheel would have come off or my RV would have caught on fire. Unfortunately, I was so concerned about the traffic and RV I never asked the name of either of these two individuals.

In addition, at the suggestion of the driver of the red sedan, I contacted Augie's Towing and talked directly to the owner, August Windholz. He sent one of his tow truck operators, Keith, and soon I was off the interstate, and my RV was being repaired. Not only were both of these men knowledgeable and efficient, but they were genuinely concerned about my situation and made the entire ordeal as "pleasant" as possible. These guys are professional.

It is a shame I have always been in such a hurry getting from point "A" to point "B" and have never stopped in Hays on the multiple trips through your area of the country. I had the opportunity to walk around Old Fort Hays, walk around the downtown area of Hays and generally have a good look around. I also understand that I missed some great fishing nearby. In the future, I intend to make it a point to spend more time in and around your town.

Finally, even though I found the town to be much better than I could have imagined, it was really the people that caught my attention. Those two young men not only saved me a bunch of money, but, perhaps they even saved my life and the lives of others that could have been involved in an accident with the wheel falling off my RV.

Certainly, these two should be very proud that they chose to get involved, and the entire area of Hays should be proud it has individuals like this living there.

William K. Jones

Brevard, N.C.

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