Editorial: No surprise, Kaneland area works together

It came as no surprise that the community came together before, during and after last week’s historic blizzard that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the area.

In the days following the storm, the messages began to arrive, telling numerous stories of local firemen, police officers, public works employees and citizens working together to help those stranded as the blizzard shut down roadways and shut in residents.

Elburn Herald reporters Lynn Meredith and Keith Beebe learned of numerous instances of pure community service; and we continue to learn of more each day as more e-mails and letters to the editor arrive.

Whether it was Elburn snowplow driver Andrew Stratton, who, while clearing the streets saw an elderly woman lying at the end of her driveway and brought her inside her house, calling and waiting for the paramedics to arrive, or the 20 stranded people brought to the Sugar Grove Fire Department to wait out the storm, or the Metra train-riders who immediately became stranded as they reached the stop in Elburn and were taken to the Elburn fire station, there are many examples of people helping each other when in need.

“The cooperation of the Fire Department, the Police Department, the village employees, those who ran the plows and those who didn’t was awesome. That’s the small-town feel. You can have a small town even in a large city. Small town is an attitude,” Elburn Village President Dave Anderson told us.

The examples of that small-town attitude abound, and while it is more apparent during emergencies like the blizzard of 2011, it lives on during everyday activities.

It lives in the service efforts of children in the community, like this week’s story about 9-year-old Elburn resident Blythe Lundberg, who turned her birthday party into a day of service, volunteering for Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.

It lives in the service efforts of countless adults and organizations in the community, who take up many of our pages week in and week out.

Thankfully, it does not require a dangerous situation to bring out the best in those who live and work in our community. Also thankfully, when a dangerous situation does arise, we can all rest assured that those small-town, service-minded values will make the difference between people acting as spectators and people acting as servants.