Health campus worker surprises resident, veteran with memoir


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ George Drummond holds his book, "My Memoirs," at a book signing just before Veteran's Day at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour. "I've always wanted to see them published, and now I have," said Drummond. Covered Bridge arranged to have 140 copies of Drummond's work published.

When George B. Drummond was handed a book about the memoirs of a veteran in the presence of his family members, he thought it would be a good story to take back to his room and read.

But employees of the Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, where Drummond is a resident, urged him to look at the name of the author on that book. To his surprise, George B. Drummond was listed as the author on the cover.

The process began when he brought a binder of handwritten papers to Covered Bridge employee Renee Coomer.

“He said he wrote a book,” Coomer said.

Coomer had the idea to type Drummond’s handwritten pages into a document to be shared with his family members. Drummond said he would love to have his writings in print.

So Coomer began typing Drummond’s words in between her regular duties with the permission of her supervisor and in coordination with the facility’s “Live A Dream” program.

“Sometimes they have the desire to do something and feel like they lost the opportunity,” Coomer said of the program that helps residents fulfill their wishes.

Coomer said Drummond began telling everyone that she was helping him write his book and she got the idea to take it all the way.

“I thought, ‘We could do this,’” she said.

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