When most people enter retirement, especially from an extremely stressful career, it's not unreasonable to expect them to put their feet up, go fishing or otherwise take it easy.
That isn't how it was with Marty Fountain of Marquette, the retired Michigan Department of Corrections officer The Mining Journal told you about some days ago. Fountain joined the Red Cross about four years ago, and in his words, hasn't "looked back" since.
Most recently Fountain deployed to the Providence, N.J., area as a part of operations to support residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy. What he has found during long days of driving emergency response vehicles, feeding people and providing supplies, was nothing less than devastation.
"It looks like a bomb went off," he told Mining Journal Staff Writer Abbey Hauswirth. "Power lines are down, trees are down everywhere, homes are totally destroyed. ... There is a lot of hugging going on right now. It's tough. Most of them, I don't think, have even fully realized what has happened."
When he first arrived, rationed gas, where it was available at all, was the order of the day. Hot food was scarce and communications spotty. Hundreds of thousands of people were without power.
Then came last Wednesday's nor'easter, which dumped more than a foot of heavy, wet snow on most parts of the eastern seaboard, adding to everyone's misery. Crews were struggling as late as today to turn the lights on for everyone.
Here's the point. Fountain could have just went fishing following his retirement from corrections and no one would have thought the less of him. But he didn't. He looked for ways to give back to the community and found a good one in the Red Cross.
We salute and recognize him for his work and give quiet thanks that our community is blessed with people like him.