Coming together

Saturday’s tragic crash in Schoharie which took 20 lives is still very much close to home and very painful. While a majority of the people who died in the accident were from Amsterdam, others were from Gloversville and Johnstown. Only a few have been identified by law officials. One family lost four daughters. Another lost both of their sons.

An accident of this magnitude so close to home, and which has drawn national attention, is up close and personal for all of us. This didn’t happen somewhere else. It happened here.

Not only are their families and friends grieving at such a sudden loss, first-responders must also be having a difficult time adjusting to life before the accident and life after the accident. Something like this does not leave someone unchanged. These people are all our neighbors and we need to be there in anyway we can.

While first-responders are trained to handle scenes of horrific tragedies, having so many people die in one small area had to be especially trying emotionally, mentally and physically.

As the days, (and probably weeks and months), begin to reveal what caused the limo to speed past a stop sign at an intersection already deemed dangerous, and slam into a parked SUV, some lives will slowly return to some sort of normal. Others will not.

We offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the people who were lost and our sincerest thank you to the first-responders who did their best to save lives.

And today when you go home, hug someone you love and let them know how much they mean to you because you never know when a loved one could be gone in the blink of an eye.