Real public service
Whenever asked what they owed for the service, his reply was always the same: "Nothing."
Locust Grove Supervisor Lauren Yoder provided a new definition of public service by an elected official during the massive winter storm that paralyzed much of the area over the last few days.
Yoder hopped into his tractor and made his way around the county plowing driveways for residents. He did it at no charge to anyone.
Some gave money to help pay for gas. Other gave gifts. But when recipients of the driveway clearing asked what they owed for the service, his reply was always the same: “Nothing.”
He plowed driveways in and outside of his district. He posted his cell phone number on Facebook and asked anyone who needed their driveway cleared to call or text.
One farmer needed help getting hay into his cattle. Yoder came through.
Now that’s what we call public service.
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