Worthington firefighters stand with Michelle Holmes (center) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and her son, Fisher, Tuesday night at the Worthington Fire Hall. Holmes had contacted Worthington Fire Department member Nathan Kraft to thank all the rescue personnel who responded to the scene of a Feb. 3 head-on accident on Interstate 90 in which she and her son were involved. Two individuals died in the crash; three survived. (Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe)1 / 2
Holmes read a short letter to a group of firefighters and others Tuesday and presented them a plaque before a group picture was taken. “I talked to (chief) Rick von Holdt, and he said this is the first time anything like this happened,” Kraft said of Holmes’ request to meet and pay tribute to “all of her heroes.” Added Kraft: “It’s rewarding to her, and rewarding to us.” 2 / 2
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