Albemarle Doctor Plows Snow as Courtesy to Neighbors
Dr. David Brown
An Albemarle County doctor is plowing driveways and streets to help people dig out after the heavy snowstorm.
David Brown is known for his services as a physician in the community, but neighbors are now spotlighting his skills on a tractor. There are still piles of snow and slick roads around Carrsbrook in Albemarle County.
Brown, who works at the Albemarle Center for Family Medicine, takes on a different role during snow days.
“Over the past several years, I've brought the tractor in from our farm in in Buckingham when we have anticipated heavy snow,” he said.
With more than a foot covering the streets near his home in Carrsbrook, Brown turns on his personal tractor and pulls on his yellow headphones to plow a path out for his neighbors. And Brown insists on providing this service free of charge.
“Got two bottles of zinfandel out of my efforts yesterday, but it's not for pay,” he said.
But neighbors like Cindy Rich have found their own way to say "thank you" over the years.
“I baked a loaf of bread while he was out here yesterday. I baked some sweet bread and when he went home he said, ‘I can't take that!’” Rich said.
Rich says the hours of labor that Brown puts in are truly lifesaving.
“I think he's afraid that one of us might break a bone walking to the mailbox or bringing our dogs out and he's just a dear, kind man,” she said.
Caring for others is a practice Brown clearly embraces both in and out of the office.
"When you're a family physician and you know and understand the situation of your seniors and your neighbors, then it's easy to do," Brown said.
Brown's wife, Anne, says the tractor actually has special meaning for the family; Brown bought it with money left for him by his late father.
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