September 2011, Vol. 238 No. 9

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: Courage Under Fire

You can’t really define a hero. Nobody wakes up and realizes he or she is going to face a life-altering event later that day. Tommy Swindle certainly had no inkling that Oct. 12, 2010 would be the most memorable day of his 17-year career as a gas meter technician for Alagasco. In just a few hours he would be staring a cocked rifle in the face and moments later using some of the skills he learned years ago as a Boy Scout to save a woman’s leg, probably her life. Tommy, 48, was assigned to turn on a gas meter for Pauline Chaney, who lives in a somewhat rundown section of Selma, AL, which is Tommy’s hometown. They spoke briefly, then Pauline sat on the porch, wai

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