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Readers thank Kathy Cody for an act of kindness

Published: 12:59 PM, 01/23/2010 Last updated: 1:00 PM, 01/23/2010

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Dear Editor,


I would like for all citizens of Cocke County to now how our 911 Director, Kathy Cody, carries her job duties with her even when she is not officially on duty at the 911 Center.

On December 18, 2009, when our first officially "big" snow for the year was becoming a reality in Cocke County, my daughter, Stacy Gunter-Mousseau, had intended to take her mother-in-law, my sister, and me out for supper at the Main Street Café. Although the roads were becoming hazardous we decided to continue with our "Girl's Night Out" plans because Stacy drives a four-wheel drive vehicle so we didn't look for any problems.

However on our way into Newport on Bogard Road our vehicle ran out of gasoline about three miles from Lane's Grocery on Cosby Highway. We tried to reach members of our family by the cell phone to come help us out of this embarrassing situation, but we were unable to reach them.

We sat in the vehicle for about 10 minutes in temperatures well below freezing with maybe two-dozen vehicles passing us by without even slowing down. Then along came a vehicle that stopped and the driver rolled down her window to ask if we needed any help. Kathy Cody was the driver of that vehicle. She offered to go on to her home, about 1 mile, and bring back some gasoline that she had at home. Kathy brought back about 5 gallons of gasoline and put it into our vehicle. Stacy tried to give Kathy money to pay for the gasoline, but Kathy refused to take the money. She said, "Just consider that her good deed for the day."

I think this "good deed" Kathy did for us on that very cold, windy, and snowy Friday afternoon shows the character that our 911 Director displays daily in her life and in her job.

Thank you very much Kathy.



Elaine Proffitt Gunter

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