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Our View: The SCV takes care of its own

Posted: May 15, 2010 1:07 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
There’s one thing you can safely say about the Santa Clarita Valley: When tragedy strikes, we are quick to come to the aid of our fellow residents.

Take, for example, the recent deaths of Cameron Glover and Jeff Laird.

Glover, a motorcyclist and off-duty sheriff’s deputy, was killed April 28 in a motorcycle collision on McBean Parkway.

Laird was killed in a traffic collision May 1 as he was running an errand.

Glover was 27 and left behind a pregnant widow.

Laird, 33, is survived by his wife, her three children and the couple’s 9-month-old daughter.

For both men, their final moments were so ... normal and unremarkable. But in a flash, their lives ended, and those of their loved ones were irrevocably changed.

A full-time engineering technician, Laird was taking online classes to complete his bachelor’s degree — working hard to give his family a better future.

Glover was a four-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who by all accounts loved his job.

Glover’s child will come into the world without her father. Laird’s widow was unsure how she would be able to pay for his funeral and burial.

In the wake of these staggering losses, it has been heartening to see our community band together to raise money for the families of both men.

Within just three days after Glover’s death, a combined $10,000 was donated to a memorial fund in his name at the Bank of Santa Clarita.

A bank account has also been set up to donate to Laird’s funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the Jeff Laird Memorial account — number 3879171746 — at any Wells Fargo branch.

The nickname “Awesometown” was coined by Newhall Land Development Inc. as part of a marketing campaign.

But when you get right down to it, what really is awesome about our town — and that means the entire Santa Clarita Valley — is this: When hard times strike, ours is a community quick to respond with timeless values of coming to the aid of those less fortunate or who, as in the cases of the Glover and Laird families, have suffered a tragic loss.

We offer our deepest condolences to the Glover and Laird families, and to the many SCV folks who have already reached out to each family, we say “thank you.”

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