Family Expresses Gratitude to First Responders, HSVPOA Staff, and Outside Agencies

Our First Responders, HSVPOA Staff, and Outside Agencies have worked tirelessly night and day since the tornado hit the Village on Thursday, March 14. They cleared trees from vehicles, homes, and off-roadways and rescued people with little to no sleep. Performing dangerous work under difficult conditions, they risked life and limb to care for us.

Villagers Jennifer and Tony Freeman share their 2024 March tornado experience. Jennifer explains what happened to them below and expresses her deep gratitude to everyone who worked to save lives and restore the Village.

Jennifer posted on Facebook

“We are OK!

“The tornado came through last night at about 8:10. We had just huddled under a mattress in the laundry room when Parker said her ears were hurting. We wrapped our arms around our girls and held on tight as they cried because they were scared. We could hear things sliding around outside and around us.

“We knew something was terribly wrong when water poured into Tony’s game room and the dining room. The roof had been lifted off the far side of the house. At about 11:30, the ceiling collapsed

“AGAIN, we are ok. God was watching over us all night.

“We fell asleep to the sounds of the tireless firefighters and volunteers using chainsaws to try to reach everyone. This morning, we woke up to find a giant pine tree that missed our home, where we held our babies, by six inches.

“ALL these material things can be replaced, but lives cannot.

“Again this morning, we hear crews working to get to us. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! We know you would much rather be with your families this morning, but you chose someone else. ❤️

Hot Springs Village Family Survives Tornado 2
Tornado damage in Freeman’s home (2024 HSV)

Note from Cheryl Dowden: I know everyone is grateful, but it would be nice to see your comments for the Freemans and those involved with the post-tornado effort. Some of them will undoubtedly read this article, and a display of our concern and/or gratitude would count for a lot. Thanks!

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Compiled by Cheryl Dowden; Photography and videography provided by Jennifer Freeman

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