Amber Turk, 13, describes herself as the “proud daughter of Richard Turk, GC line.” She wrote this letter while her dad was on the east coast helping restore power after Hurricane Sandy.
Hi my name is Amber Turk, I’m the daughter of Richard Turk (MEO), a PG&E GC Line worker.
On October 30, my dad and all of his co-workers—Anthony Vasconez (lineman), Ben Moore (lineman), and Chad Lavezzo (foreman)—got sent to New York to help people because of Storm Sandy. People ask me, “Don’t you miss your dad all the way in New York?”
I say, “Yeah, I do miss my dad a lot but other people are depending on him too so he can put their power back on.”
Before my dad left, as he was packing his suitcase, it was especially hard for me because my grandfather had just passed away two weeks ago. So I went to drastic measures to try to convince my dad to let me go with him to New York. So I got inside my dad’s suitcase and told him “Dad I’m ready to go and I’m travel size.” I pleaded with my dad to let me go with him and that I would bring all my homework and wouldn’t get behind in school.
My plan B was that if I couldn’t go with him I would have to send my reinforcements , a/k/a my frog and cheetah stuffed animal in the suitcase when my dad wasn’t looking. I still couldn’t believe my stuffed animals were going to New York and I wasn’t.
My dad and I talk every night before we go to bed. I tell him what’s going on at school, like how I just recently got into the Spelling Bee and how I made him pinky promise he was going to be at the next Spelling Bee competition.
My dad mailed me a postcard from the town where the Sleepy Hollow legend was created. It was so cool to be able to get something from my dad all the way in New York. This was my first Halloween without my dad there to take me trick-or-treating or eat all my candy.
Above all I’m so proud and thankful to have a dad like mine who goes to help restore power to the people in desperate need of help. Every day I think about my dad and look up to him as my hero and counting down the days till he can come home.