We are living in difficult economic times. This can be especially true in a rural community, and when Gilles learned that his neighbor was being foreclosed upon and didn't have the means to obtain enough hay to get his 31 horses through the winter, he contacted Saco's Animal Control Officer, Bruce Reynolds, for help. Bruce worked with the horse's owner, and enough hay was provided. Things were okay until February, when the home had to be vacated. If the mortgage company turned the power off, the well couldn't provide water, and caring for the horses would be very nearly impossible. Gilles called ACO Reynolds again. Once more, ACO Bruce Reynolds sprang into action, contacting the mortgage company and alerting them of the potential danger to the horses. The mortgage company agreed to leave the power intact, averting a potential calamity for the animals.
Gilles' compassion and concern led him to calling Bruce Reynolds, which is one more way good neighbors watch out for each other, and we reward Gilles with his very own Challenge Coin for his selflessness.