Tuesday, August 11, 2015

EDITORIAL >> Former sergeant needs your help

Harold “Hutch” Hutchison — a local Mason and master sergeant retired from 24 years in the Air Force — was doing what he does, helping people, when tragedy struck.

A tree he and three other Masons were cutting down for someone in need fell on Hutch, paralyzing him from the waist down.

We couldn’t imagine the pain or the emotional agony he must be in, the great sense of loss felt by those whose injuries alter their lives forever.

But we can relate to the struggle of affording medical bills and fulfilling needs — like an awning to protect a wheelchair ramp at his house in Toneyville from the elements — that his family never thought Hutch would have.

We haven’t met MSgt. Hutchison, but his sister-in-law spoke of him fondly, describing Hutch as a family man and a Christian with a big heart who volunteered without seeking any kind of recognition for it.

His sister-in-law, Katrena Ziglar, set up a Centennial Bank account a few weeks ago, hoping people would use it to donate.

It is called the Harold Hutchison Donation Account, and the account number is 501505255. Please, anything you can spare would be much appreciated.