The small-town, big-hearted way
When Amtrak's Empire Builder derailed six months ago, the world caught a glimpse of the strength of the Hi-Line
Last updated 4/1/2022 at 12:06pm
by Jason Stahl
University of Montana
Teresa Violett was outside her house in Chester painting the cement foundation when she heard the sirens.
It was Saturday, Sept. 25. The retired teacher had lived in Liberty County for 38 years, and she knew what each siren meant: The first one, for a scheduled meeting. The second, for ambulance. The third, for fire.
But when a fourth sounded, Violett paused in her painting and looked up. In all her years, she'd never heard a fourth siren sound in Chester.
It meant disaster. All hands on deck.
Ten blocks across town, 911 calls flooded the Liberty...