Fire crews help
by Jeff Switzer
Last Tuesday, along with much of the Eastside, Betty Behr's power was knocked out by the heavy snows, leaving her to care for her 96-year-old husband in the cold and dark.
In need of power to cook and heat their home south of Woodinville High on 136th Avenue NE, where Howard is bedridden after recently taking a fall, Betty, 83, called the Fire Department for help.
"I couldn't leave him in the cold," Betty Behr said. "They were right out, Johnny-on-the-spot. I don't think I could praise them any more. I think they're great!"
The duty chief of the day responded, and based on the life safety of the husband, delivered a backup generator along with a personal space heater belonging to one of the district's secretaries. The new appliances provided heat and the capability to provide warm meals for Behr's husband during the power outage.
"It felt very nice to have done this," said Public Fire Educator Dave Leggett. "Typically, we could not provide this service for everyone; however, based on the need at the time, we determined it was necessary."
According to his wife, Howard Behr, who has been bedridden with a broken pelvis, was a colonel and fought in World Wars I and II. An ex-pilot whose experience includes transporting planes by dirigible, Howard taught the art of flying to future war heroes.
Betty added that he also pulled a man from a burning plane, an act for which he was supposed to get the Congressional Medal of Honor. The man lasted long enough to say goodbye to his wife, Betty said.
"If there was any way of getting that medal for him, I would," she said, noting that it would mean the world to him.
Leggett said people with a medical condition or in need of any medical assistance should think about investing in a backup electrical source for times when the power goes out.
With the snow melted and the sun out, Betty was fixing to bring doughnuts to the fire station on Friday as a token of her appreciation.