First responders lauded by those they helped

This week’s bouquets go to:

From the Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church family:

Your Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church family would like to say thank you to the Gourley, Harris, Bark River, and Carney-Nadeau fire departments, as well as Mid-County rescue squad, for their incredible efforts to save the church structure on the night on July 25. We deeply appreciate each one who responded. We are so thankful for the protection that the Lord provided so that no one was seriously injured. It is an amazing privilege to be part of the Wilson community and we have been so encouraged and blessed by the offers for help from so many as we begin to rebuild. Thank you.

From Dick Feehan of Gladstone:

A note of thanks to all who answered the 911 call on Friday, July 28. Joe Moe and his daughter who discovered my plight and called 911. State Troopers Lisa Kanyuh, Mike Willemsen, Sgt. Joseph Racicot who attended to my needs, Brampton Fire Department, ambulance people, and to all others not named, please accept my humble and deeply felt thanks for professional, caring and very well done assistance.

From Rich and Edna Johnson of Bark River:

My name is Edna Johnson. My husband, Richard Johnson, is 100 percent VA disabled and has had two strokes in five years.

Friday evening, I went on a four hour road trip with my daughter, leaving Richard watching television. He attempted to call me when he mistakenly dialed 911, knowing he did it wrong, and hung up.

He received a phone call from the Delta County Sheriff office to check up on him. Twenty minutes later he had a deputy in our driveway. The officer was at the house to check up on him again.

Once I returned home and heard this story, I immediately called the sheriff’s office to thank that officer who came out here. I appreciate their effort and their concern for my husband and everyone else in this county.

I am sure it was not unusual or special to police officers, but it was special to both Richard and I. Thank you to Delta County Sheriff’s office, the dispatcher, and the officer who came out. It is very comforting knowing we have such caring and good people working for us.

From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba:

Last Friday evening, the new Esky Pops singing group shared their talent with a huge overflow concert. The 40 singers, five piece accompanying orchestra and Pops directors provided upbeat, great, contemporary music. Directing the group was Travis DuBord. Their first formal concert entertained all of us in attendance. Congratulations to all musicians there. Rehearsals for their fall 2017 season begin Oct. 1 and all interested singers were encouraged to join them. Thanks, Esky Pops.


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they’ve done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site,, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on “Bouquets” and follow the simple instructions.