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HAMMOND – An act of kindness went a long way for one Hammond resident.

Virginia “Jennie” L. Youngs, sick with bronchitis and the flu, was struggling to shovel show around her car on River Ledge Road last week when a state trooper driving by turned around and pulled up behind her car.

Mrs. Youngs, who normally parks her car on the street because she can’t access her driveway, had been snowed in by the town Highway Department’s plow truck.

“I was out there and I was so sick, but I had to go to the emergency room,” she said. “At first the trooper said he stopped because he said he wanted to see if I was all right. He must have seen me with my cane. After he asked me my name and we talked, he told me to get my keys and start my car, and he would take care of all the rest. And that is what he did.”

The trooper spent the next 20 minutes clearing the nearly two feet of snow off her vehicle, Mrs. Youngs said.

“He wouldn’t let me do a thing,” she said. “There was no way I could have done that all by myself. I have three pinched nerves. It’s hard on me.”

Mrs. Youngs said she was sorry she did not get any more information of the trooper, except that his name is Chris. She said if she ever saw the trooper again, she would thank him.

“He was fantastic,” she said. “All troopers should be like him.”

Mrs. Youngs, who moved from West Virginia to the north country in 1962 to be with her husband, said she encounters acts of kindness from neighbors daily. She says it’s just an effect of living in the north country.

“Since my husband died the day before Valentine’s Day in 2006, it’s been hard,” she said. “I have had a lot of good neighbors that have helped me out. I have a friend who usually keeps me plowed.”

Another neighbor also built her three front steps to keep her from falling outside her home.

“It’s important to help handicapped people whenever they see someone out that needs it,” she said. “Thank God for people like that trooper. They should be recognized for the stuff they do, and they don’t get it at all.”

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