Police, paramedics made tragedy bearable

A short time ago, I suddenly lost the love of my life of 50 years, my wife Alma, due to a heart attack. But in my time of need I met some of the kindest and most considerate people that I have ever met in a long time. I wish to acknowledge the professional manner in which they attended to my wife’s arrangements while expressing concern for my health and well being during this tragic time.

We can all be proud of these fine individuals: from the Everett Police Department South Precinct Sgt. Kenny Dorn and Officer Dan Smith made all the necessary calls; from the Everett Fire Department’s Station 5 paramedics David Diggdon and Joe Paterniti fought long and hard to save Alma, and firemen Bob Edgley, Eric Coston and Bill Armstrong assisted them.

I will not hesitate to support taxes that will help our Everett police and fire departments. In my opinion, these are among the finest professionals and should be supported by the citizens of Everett in any way possible.

I would also like to thank Judy Jewett, Brian Kyle and staff from Evergreen Funeral Home. From the first moments after my wife’s death, they handled my wife’s arrangements with utmost dignity and concern for our feelings. Their staff guided my family and me through a difficult process and the hard realization of our lost. Their continued care and kindness goes beyond what I thought was customary.

Finally, I wish to thank Deacon Matt Zuanich for his excellent service and John Locke of Quiring Monuments for creating a headstone, which represents a lasting tribute to my wife, and eventually for us.

Everett Frank Irwin


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