Letters and comments for January 30, 2012

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Letters and comments for January 30, 2012

Grateful to searchers 


To the Editor:

Our family will be forever grateful to all the search and rescue volunteers who sacrificed so much to go up on the mountain in search of my husband, Kent.

He was brought out alive and well on Jan. 17 from an undeveloped canyon at the Spout Springs Ski Resort. Kent spent the night in 15-degree temperatures after inadvertently skiing off the run because of no safety barrier or signs to indicate where the run was. The search and rescue teams had planned to terminate the search in a couple of hours because a new storm was moving in. Fortunately, Kent was found prior to them terminating the search.

If I had a list of all those involved I would happily sit down and write them a personal thank you. There are so many I would like to publicly thank — search and rescue volunteers from Union County, Umatilla County, Baker County, Wallowa County and Walla Walla County; the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol; the Spout Springs Ski Patrol; and any other agency or volunteers that I don’t know about.

The search and rescue volunteer professionalism is to be commended. Not only were they professional, prepared and kind, but they showed genuine care and concern. They made sure our family was well informed about what was happening, who was joining the search and constantly reassuring us that everything humanly
possible was being done to locate Kent.

Through hard work and hours of prayer, Kent is alive!

Miracles do happen in our lives. This was one of them. I’m not sure why we have the trials that we have in our lives, but I am truly grateful for the peace and comfort prayer is in my life.

Andrea Bigler


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