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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • Posted October 21, 2009

Dear Editor,

There was recently a letter printed about the incident at the Pontotoc VFD Fundraiser event on September 19th.

To address that letter, our Pontotoc VFD has 12 firemen who are CPR Certified and we did have 2 Registered Nurses on the scene, along with our defibrillator which was used on Mr. Harold Brand.

We would like to Thank all of our supporters and share the following letter that we received recently from Gail Brand (Mr. Harold Brand's wife).


Gerald (Dave) Davis

Fire Chief

My Dear Friends and Neighbors at Pontotoc Ranch Fire Department,

It is impossible for me to find the words to be able to convey to all of you my deepest appreciation and heart felt thanks and gratitude for everything you did to help Harold. I am hoping this letter will offer you some comfort and understanding of the events leading to Harold's death.

Harold was diagnosed three years ago with a very rare disease—Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is a degenerative brain disorder that has no known cause, treatment or cure. It progressively impairs balance, movements, vision, speech and swallowing. The first symptoms usually appear at age 60 and the average life span is from 6 to 10 years. Harold was 67 1/2 years old. He was in the later stages of this terrible disease, was having more and more difficulty with balance, vision, and swallowing in the last few months. I was very aware (as was Harold) that his difficulty with swallowing could have fatal complications—but you were not. It is so very important to me for you to be aware of Harold's health conditions so you can fully understand what happened and why, and hopefully relieve you of any and all feelings of discomfort you may have.

We all miss loved ones we have lost, but it gives me great peace and comfort to know that he is with our Heavenly Father and is forever free of all the physical difficulties he was suffering from. I hope and I pray that I can pass along some peace and comfort to all of you.

I was so touched by the beautiful spray of flowers you sent for Harold's funeral. Thank you so much for kindness and caring and generosity.

My hope and prayer for all of you is that you can have many, many joyful fire department benefits in the future and that they are not clouded by the events surrounding Harold's death. He is at peace—I hope you can be too.

With Deepest Appreciation,

Gail Brand

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