Monday, October 02, 2006

Mom's Letter to the Editor

My brilliant mother wrote a letter to the editor about the police in her neighborhood. It was printed in the pages of the Orlando Sentinel today:

I have never felt compelled to write a letter to the editor before this, but Bud Brewer's "My Word" article, "Do numbers add up in speed crackdown?," infuriated me. To suggest that the Winter Park police are operating a speed trap on Aloma Avenue is an insult to these dedicated men and woman who serve our community. They need to slow the traffic down, and I commend them for the wonderful job that they are doing.

Carlee Rumsey, a beautiful young woman of 23, died in a car accident on Sept. 12 almost in front of my house on Aloma Avenue. I live right near one of those 90-degree turns, and I can attest to the daily screeching of brakes, near misses and occasional fender benders.

Sept. 12 was different because someone died and several people were seriously injured.

As long as I live, I don't think I will ever forget the sound of that impact, or my immediate panic at the thought that one of my loved ones might be involved. The sight of the crushed car was worse than the sound; it would have taken a miracle for everyone to emerge unscathed. The Winter Park Police, Fire Department and the other rescue workers were heroes that day as they worked to save the injured.

The same police who responded to that accident are now slowing the traffic down on Aloma using radar. Instead of criticizing the Winter Park police, you should stop and thank them and let them know that they are doing a great job.

Donna O'Connor
Winter Park


Edit: After the letter was published, Mom got a personal email from the Winter Park Chief of Police thanking her for her letter. Go, Mom!

2 comments:

Angry Sicilian said...

I remember that corner.. When I first started driving it I was a little freaked out about how sharp that corner is.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you and your family for being so generous to the family and friends of Carlee Rumsey. Carlee was my best friend... she was supposed to be my maid of honor when I got married to her brother (which I broke up with recently). Carlee's friend Lisa and I are the ones who made that red cross and put it up on the side of the road. Carlee's mom, Linda, has spoken very highly of you and your family. I just wanted to thank you for myself.

Sincerely,
Mallory Jones
(407) 325-4360
mapple329@aol.com