Don’t forget day-to-day dedication
The Oct. 11 story “Family dog helps chopper locate missing toddler” provided both a terrifying drama and an underappreciated reality.
A 2-year-old lost in the woods at night with central Minnesota temperatures approaching freezing would have had a heart-wrenching outcome. Instead due to the dedication, character and love of a wondrous species, the tragic outcome was averted.
I’m not referring to our loyal friends the dogs, but to the two-legged heroes who took to the roads, forests, fields and skies to effect the lifesaving rescue.
The Sheriff’s Department, State Patrol, and “various fire and rescue department personnel,” plus roughly 200 volunteers and the State Patrol helicopter, joined with the family’s dogs to avert a horrific tragedy. After the boy had been lost in the dark for three hours, law enforcement brought him “back to his house, where he was reunited with his mother.” I don’t think the article’s words do justice to what that reunion was like.
I love dogs, but in addition I greatly appreciate knowing that if I or mine are ever in such desperate need, law enforcement personnel, fire/rescue, EMS and countless others will give their all to help.
I hope each and every person (and dog) involved in saving this child gains a just reward. Thanks for brightening my day and providing a reminder to appreciate all the special folks who are ready 24/7/365 to help. that today’s students need to “unlearn racism” by obsessing about the races of their classmates (Opinion Exchange, Oct. 10). Since kindergarten, my son has enjoyed attending diverse public schools with classmates whose families come from dozens of countries and are Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish and even (gasp) atheists. He thinks a hijab is no more exotic than a crucifix and views Ramadan as a holiday worthy of the same respect as Easter or Christmas. Rather than struggle to “unlearn” racism, I think my son and his classmates of color would need considerable indoctrination to embrace it. And filling him with guilt, and his classmates with anger, about crimes committed or endured decades or centuries ago by people who shared their skin tones would be a great place to start.