Speak Out: A special thank-you to the people of Anniston and Calhoun County
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Sept. 19, 2011, was the single worst day of my life. It was the day I found out my mom and brother had been killed and the house they lived in on Belmont Road in Anniston had been set on fire in an effort to hide the crime. Making matters worse, I live in California.

I flew out to Alabama to deal with the tragedy and a big part of what kept me sane was the way I was treated by the residents of your town (and Oxford, too). I was in a bit of a fog at the time and I wasn’t really able to show my gratitude. I just wanted to point out some of the people I wasn’t able to thank at the time.

Thank you to:

Geri at the Comfort Inn in Oxford for your warm hospitality during my stay.

The waiter at Ruby Tuesday, who overheard my story and offered the red velvet cupcakes.

Everyone at Lee Brass, where my brother worked, for the kindness and support they offered.

Paul at Couch’s on Noble Street, who had my mom’s fire-damaged necklace cleaned for free.

Deana Grubbs and family for opening up your home before and after my mom’s services.

Sam Woodward with State Farm Insurance, who showed much patience and empathy throughout the ordeal.

John at Gray Brown-Service for the delicate way he handled a necessary but unpleasant process.

Former Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson, who reached out to me personally and offered his condolences.

The Anniston Fire Department, for the professionalism and care they showed at the scene.

The Anniston Police Department, which was very thorough with the investigation and helpful with navigating through an extraordinary ordeal.

The list is probably incomplete, since everyone I encountered wanted to help make it better for me in some way, so to anyone I may have forgotten, thank you, as well. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Elyse Mize
Sacramento, Calif
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