Jim Washington was a hero. Not just a local, hometown hero, but a hero everywhere he went. From serving his country in the Marines, to giving a hand-up to someone down on their luck, or a toy to a needy child.
I've known Jim since I was a Cub Scout, and he, an older Boy Scout, was our Den Chief. One Saturday afternoon, we all went fishing at Cave Hill, and I didn't have the first clue. Jim showed me what to do, but I learned that day I'm just not a fisherman. Jim caught one, though, and gave it to me after two hours of fruitless effort on my part.
Now I certainly didn't need that fish, but you could probably count in the thousands the number of people Jim has helped who needed far more than a fish.
His remarkable transformation of Hope Station is the prototype for anyone organizing a similar group, and the tireless energy he gave to the Toys for Tots program, Christmas after Christmas, was truly amazing.
Rest in peace, my friend. This world could use many more like you.
David S. Hutchinson