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  • Alan Richardson plays guitar on the back deck of his home in Santa Rosa on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD)

Wasn't that a wrenching and inspiring story by Randi Rossmann on the Santa Rosa man horribly injured and partially paralyzed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle?

To Randy White it was especially so. He's a retired Santa Clara firefighter who was riding his motorcycle last July and came upon the roadside tragedy just after it happened.

White and two women ran to 27-year-old Alan Richardson and reassured him as they worked to stem the bleeding.

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As White held his head, Richardson, a Montgomery High alum and a seriously good hockey player, asked, “How bad am I?”

The retired fireman told him it looked like he would lose a leg, but he was going to be OK. The truth was, White confided to his wife, Elaine, later that day, he deeply doubted the young man would survive.

It elates White that Richardson did live, albeit without his left leg and, so far, without the use of his right leg. And, as Randi reported, he talks of going to college and preparing to return to work.

Randi's story brought some generous offers of help. And Redwood Credit Union is accepting donations to the Alan Richardson Trust Fund.

UN-MISSED BEAT: It was break time for the finely seasoned jazz quartet — Harrison Goldberg, Tom Landecker, Dorothia May and Dorian May — that plays monthly at Sea Ranch Lodge.

While drummer Landecker was off, a grayed lady from the audience scooted onto his seat. Just being curious?

It surprised Landecker for her to ask what kind of drum head it was and then remark, “I see you have a wooden snare.”

The drummer asked the stranger in his spot if she played and she replied, used to. He invited her to sit in for a tune or two.

She brought the Fireside Room to its feet. Afterward the band learned she was 84-year-old Pat Kriletich of Walnut Creek and she was there with musician Jean Fineberg, among other things the assistant director of the Montclair Women's Big Band.

As for Kriletich: during WWII she performed with a teen girls' band that entertained troops at USO shows. Later she played Bop City in San Francisco, at times with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

The Sea Ranch hopes the tide will bring her back by.

MUSIC THAT MOVES happens, too, at Santa Rosa's Glaser Center at 3 p.m. Saturday, when a children's choir from Haiti sings to raise funds to rebuild their quake-ravaged music school.

Les Petits Chanteur sings again at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sebastopol.

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