Remember the Blessings of Each Day

Remember the Blessings of Each Day

this article is partially reprinted from imPulse, a periodic newsletter of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

by the Rev. Eric T. Moore Duff

On my way to a meeting during a major storm, I was flagged down as I traveled on a two-lane highway here in northern California. A man and his wife had witnessed a car hydroplane over the edge and then down a steep embankment and into the Trinity River. The man was in the water trying to rescue the driver when I arrived. After determining that there was no cell phone coverage in that place, my first thought was that both would be cold. I grabbed two winter coats that I had brought along in case the rain turned to snow on the passes and raced down the embankment.

When I arrived at the river, Joshua P. S. Paik-Nicely, the rescuer, had managed to bring the man to the bank. Both were still partly submerged in the water. Together we managed to haul the man, Kenny Dison, a deputy sheriff, out of the water and onto the rocky bank of the river. He was coherent and able to tell us that he had no feeling in his legs.We were careful not to move him any more than necessary because of his injuries.

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