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This weather reminds me of Frog

Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 10:40 AM

As I sit down to write this week's column, the ice storm clouds are moving into Greene County, but it's not yet known what the landscape is going to look like when this appears in the paper on Thursday.

They're predicting this will be a significant storm, one for the history books.

The National Weather Service is saying "potentially catastrophic."

Jim Cantore has arrived in Chicago for his on-the-scene reporting of the worst weather in the country, and he's saying this is like the Super Bowl for weather forecasters.

I hope they're wrong, and this one is not one for Greene County's history books.

In my own ice storm history book, there is an ice storm, one that I will never forget.

It came in the month of January. There was ice, then snow, then some ice, then some more snow, then some more ice.

The twins were young and when they went out to play in the giant sweeping yard of our wonderful neighbor Wilma, there was several inches of the white stuff, crusted, and they were able to walk on top of it and slide around without breaking through to the ground.

Oh, it was neat, if you were a wee one and were just going out to play.

But then in the middle of it all, the tones.

Our WJ firefighters were called out to a raging house fire in the middle of the slickest, coldest, nastiest night I think we had that year.

Everything was freezing up, and they had difficulty just trying to scramble up a little ice-covered slope to get to the house.

It was an awful night to begin with, but it got much worse.

The date is etched into my memory. Jan. 9, 1999.

It was the date we lost Frog.

Our young brave firefighter, Jason "Frog" Gouckenour lost his life in that fire.

He went in because he thought people were inside. He did not come back out.

Days before the fire, I had taken a picture of Frog in my driveway, trying to push the snow and ice aside so that I could get my car out and about. Then suddenly, he was gone.

This seems as good an opportunity as any to slide a remembrance of Frog in the paper. When I think of "ice storm" I think of Frog.

RIP Frog. People in Worthington have not forgotten you.

I'd also like to say that while most of us are concerned with how to keep toasty if the power goes out, and are worried about school closings or whether or not our roads are going to be cleared, for police officers, firefighters, ambulance personnel, wrecker drivers, and everyone who responds to emergencies in this kind of weather, it's a different ballgame.

Thanks to all of you who are not preparing to stay home, but are preparing to brave the snow and ice whenever we call for your help.

This weather is dangerous, and I hope it passes around our county, or we come out on the other side of this event with everyone in Greene County safe and sound.

Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling the office at 847-4487 or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us .

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Very nice, Anna. I remember Frog as well. What a great guy :)

-- Posted by Sassy_Chic on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 11:58 PM

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Anna Rochelle is editor of the Greene County Daily World and can be reached on Facebook or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us.