To the Editor:

Residents of Waterbury, you have an amazing man in your midst. I only know him as “Dave” and that he drives a big burgundy-colored pickup truck.

I was riding my bike with a group of my friends on your beautiful back roads when the chain broke on my bike. We flagged down “Dave” to hopefully give me a ride back into town. Dave not only drove me to the Mobil station where I hoped to get help, he offered to swing by again after running errands to make sure I was OK. Well, as luck would have it, I wasn’t able to get the help I needed by the time he returned, so he offered me the choice of taking me to Waterbury Sports to get my bike fixed OR driving me all the way to Stowe to connect with my friends who had ridden on.

Since I didn’t want to take up any more of his Saturday morning, I graciously accepted his offer to drive me to Waterbury Sports, as I was just about to push my broken bike there on foot.

I had amazing service at Waterbury Sports with a quick chain replacement and, while I was waiting, I realized I had left my bike shoes in Dave’s truck — and I had no way to contact him. So my only choice was to buy new bike shoes, cleats and socks as well — and before I finally mounted my repaired bike, I asked the shopkeepers if by chance a wonderful man by the name of Dave showed up at the shop with my abandoned shoes, I would happily retrieve them the next day.

Sure enough, when I called the shop later that day, Dave, the incredible good Samaritan, had indeed returned my shoes and socks.

Dave, I hope these words of deep appreciation find their way to you. And citizens of Waterbury, you have a remarkable man in your midst.

Thanks for creating a fabulous memory out of what could have just been a really miserable experience.

Sue LaChance

Concord, Mass.

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