I recently broke my arm when I slipped while putting my ducks in their pen at night. The pain was excruciating, and as soon as I was able to walk into the house, I knew I needed an ambulance.

Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue responded quickly and competently. I cannot thank them enough for their compassionate and skillful care, both Chris the paramedic and Harvey the emergency medical technician. They provided me with the best pain-relieving treatment for a broken arm: a triangular bandage and fentanyl. The drivers too were top-notch. I can’t express fully the relief I felt in the back of that rig on my way to Mid Coast Hospital. It was a scary night, but I made it back home in one piece.

The next day I was filled with dread — neither my husband nor I could drive and we didn’t have much food. I placed a call to longtime neighbor Peg Newberg, who put me in touch with Harpswell Aging at Home. Within 24 hours, my freezer was literally filled with meals for the next two weeks. Their program Meals in a Pinch is made for just this kind of situation. Three hundred folks in Harpswell are cooking meals for others who need help. I have been growing stronger on HAH’s nutritious offerings, and I am so grateful for their service to this town.

I have lived here for 24 years now. It’s a pretty remarkable place. If you have time, talent or treasure, please consider helping out Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue or HAH, as they can always use more volunteers and donations. And if you are in need yourself, do not hesitate to call for help. Neighbors helping neighbors — it’s the best way to show you care.

Elizabeth Davis, South Harpswell