Family

Roadside Rescue

A semi was parked on the side of the road outside Underwood, Iowa.  As a State Trooper John Hitchcock approached what he found surprised him.  He discovered the driver was not breathing.  He pulled him out of the truck as Officer Kurt Ferguson approached coming to help.  They pulled the man out of the line of traffice and worked CPR on him.  Just then a third first responder arrived.  Captain Curtis McKeon from the Council Bluffs Fire Department arrived on the scene.  Not often is there a team from 3 different agencies to help on a rescue.  It turns out that the man had choked on something which blocked his airway and caused him to have the heart failure.  Had not these three men happened along this scene the outcome might be different.  Luckily for this driver they were trained and prepared to help bring this man back to life.  ”It is wonderful when there is a good outcome” one of the officers said.  I am sure there is not always a good result but by working together these men were able to save his life.  Thanks to their quick actions he will be ok.  Great job officers.  You are truly heroes.

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Roadside Rescue

Father Gets Letter from Deceased Son

87 year old Duane Schrock has been moving around the country for the many years.  Recently he got a letter (just three days after Father’s Day) that was sent back in 1989 and has been forwarded for 26 years.  It was a Father’s Day card from  his son who passed away in 1995.  Schrock and his son did not have a close relationship.  He hoped that he made his peace with God so that he could see him again in Heaven.  Schrock thinks this could be a little sign from Heaven telling him that his is son is doing ok.  What an amazing event.  What would you do if you received a letter from someone you thought you would never hear from again.  I think a big thank you goes out to the post office to keep trying to deliver this message to this dad that needed this message from his deceased son.  Take the time to share things with your loved ones before it’s too late.

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Father gets letter from deceased son

Cyber Seniors

This video is about a group of seniors at a retirement home and the young people who came to share technology with them.  Most of these people have never used a computer. Many had never heard of Facebook or what exactly it was.  Some learned about You Tube and even Skype to visit with their families.  Many learning a little wanted to learn more.  The young people who trained them found some anxious to learn and they couldn’t just get enough.  Many really enjoyed the videos on You Tube so much that they wanted to create their own.  They even had a contest to see who would get the most views o f their YouTube video.  How exciting to watch them as learn about this new technology.  Somethings that most of us take for granted became an unbelieveable new experience for these seniors.  They are now creating videos under the Cyber Seniors Corner.  You are never too young to make a difference.  Just imagine how much their families are happy that these young people took the time to share their knowledge with these seniors.

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Cyber Seniors

Having A Second Wedding to Remember the First

August 1st 2014 Jeremy Stamper and his wife Justice got married out at Hungry Mother State Park and it was perfect.  We were at the top of the world, newlyweds and our whole lives head of us. They had big plans until August 20th 2014 just 19 days after the wedding. Justice was traveling just down the road to her aunt’s house and to meet Jeremy when he got off work when it happened. She was rearended at a dead stop at about 50 MPH plus. She was nearly killed in the impact but by the grace of God she survived.  About a month after the accident she finially told her husband “I don’t want you to be mad….but I do not remember the wedding.” He said hewould do it all again for her. She has memory loss from about 5 weeks before the wedding. She didn’t even know they were married. He is now raising money to give her the wedding she will never forget for their first anniversary in August.  What a wonderful gift to the woman he loves so much.  Currently they have raised over $8,800. http://www.gofundme.com/thestamperwedding.  Mr. & Mrs. Stomper…. have a great time at your wedding Round 2.

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Having a second wedding to remember

Police Officer Attends Wedding of Baby He Saved

Officer Joe Barka has worked on the Yonkers Police Department for the past 45 years.  Recently Officer Joe was able to share the day with a baby he saved some 20 years ago.  Back in 1993 Officer Joe was called to house where a baby had stopped breathing.  Grabbing the baby from the parents the officer checked for vitals and finding none he jumps into his cruiser with his partner and heads to the hospital doing CPR the whole way.  When he met the parents at the hospital he was able to tell them that the baby crying that they heard was their little daughter.  Ever since, this officer has treated this little girl like one of his own.  He never forgets a birthday or even Christmas.  But now it was here time to remember.  She invited the officer and his wife to her wedding as a guest of honor.  Even though the family moved to Buffalo they have kept in touch.  What a wonderful relationship these people have. Without each other their lives would never be the same. Great job Officer Barka.

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Police officer attends wedding of baby he saved

Man Meets His Mom For The First Time

After decades of obituary searches, calls to strangers and cross-country trips in search of relatives, Charles Bruce Pate kissed his mother for the first time. He was 73, she 88.73 years ago, Pauline was an unwed mom forced to give up her baby boy, Charles. And for as long as he can remember Charles has been looking for the mother who had to give him away. He finally found her. Charles got to kiss is momma.  Sometimes people have to make changes that they don’t want to.  There are a lot of people out there who have had to make some difficult decisions in the past.  This mom had no choice back in 1941.  Pauline dressed him a blue shirt and cap  and gave him to his new mom and dad.   I am sure she thought of him many times over the years.  She probably thought that there was no way they would ever meet again. Last year they found each other.   Watch this one with tissues!

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man meets his mom for the first time

Sheba Comes to America with Her Pups

Operation Puppy Rescue.  This is a story of a liter of pups and a bunch of soldiers in Afganistan.  It seems that these soldiers foung Sheba and she kind of adopted them.  Sheba then gave birth to a liter of puppies. These soldiers even went so far as to share their food with the dog and her pups.  They wouldn’t have made it without the soldiers. They cared for these puppies like their own.  When it came time for this group of soldiers to head home they wanted to bring these puppies home with them.  That is where Edwin Caba went to work with Guardians of Rescue.  They helped arrange with the help of some generous donations to ship the dogs from Afganistan to the New York.  These dogs gave Sgt.. Caba and his unit a sense of normalcy that they would not have had without them.  After the dogs arrived Candace (Sgt. Caba’s dog) went home to meet his other dog.  He said they are getting along fine.  They are perfect friends.  How great that a pet can help these men come back to their lives.  Thank you gentlemen for your service and to the your pets.  Glad you guys are together again.

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Sheba comes to America with her pups

 

 

Community Helps Fallen Officer’s Family

On Friday, June 19, Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim as shot on duty. By Monday afternoon, it seemed like two minutes didn’t pass without someone making a donation to Kim’s family. Some of the donors were from Cincinnati but other donations came from New York and as far away as Hawaii. “I’ve said when the chips are down Cincinnati steps up and we’ve certainly seen that. And I think it also speaks to the power of social media these days,” Bauman said. Bauman isn’t the only one stepping up. At Listermann Brewing Co., a dollar from every pint sold Thursday will be donated to the Kims. “It’s really not an if we can do something type of thing, it’s how we can do something type of thing,” said Jason Brewer, the sales manager at Listermann Brewing Co. Brewer said the owner’s son-in-law is a sheriff’s deputy who took karate lessons from Sonny Kim. Meanwhile, Derek Bauman said the generosity of the donations are touching but so are the messages people write for the family. “I will be forever grateful my thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the angels lead you in,” said Bauman as he read a message. As each hour passes, the number of donors and messages grows. “I wasn’t surprised because people care. And so this is an opportunity for them to show their support in our community, support for law enforcement and the Kim family and it’s amazing,” Bauman said. The Fraternal Order of Police set up an account for the Kims at the Cincinnati Police Credit Union. Go to  http://www.gofundme.com/sonnykim to check out the GoFundMe page. A neighbor of Sonny Kim’s who is a police officer wrote about him, his family and working as a police officer. Isn’t it wonderful when people step up in the time of tragedy.

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Community help fallen officer's family

 

Grandpa’s Dream Achieved

Did you ever have that one thing you always wish you could do?  Some people call this a “Bucket List”.  It is a thing that you want to do before you die.   Many bucket lists include travel to exotic destinations, accomplishing certain tasks, climbing a mountain or running a race.  Bucket lists are personal and change person to person.  Have you created a bucket list?  This is a story about a 91 year old grandpa who always wanted to know what it would be like to drive through a garage door.  His family and friends found a neighbor that wanted to replace their garage door so they arrange to “safely” put Grandpa in the driver’s seat for the ride of his life.  They planned it out so carefully so that they would make sure that no one was injured and nothing was broken (except of course, that garage door).  Right after the moment of inpact you see nothing but pure joy in the face of the Grandpa.  It was something he always wanted to do and now… it was done.  Have you ever wanted to do something that noone else quite understood?  Isn’t it wonderful that this family was able to help him complete his dream?

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Grandpas bucket list

 

Child Care and the Elderly

This is a beautiful story.  Not many words.  You just watch and take it the joy these folks feel together.  In Seattle, a retirement home is also the home for a preschool.  Providence Mount St. Vincent is the home of more than 400 elderly residents.  While this building is mostly housing for the elderly it is also a location for a preschool.  Watching the preschoolers interact with the elderly is amazing.  Sometimes through words and sometimes just through touch.   They participate in similar activities and learn from eachother.  They love spending time together.  I think the elderly feel younger spending time with the preschoolers and the preschoolers learn and enjoy the interaction with the elderly patients.  43% of older people feel isolation and which relates to lonliness and depression. A program such as this one can only help not only the older patients but the little ones who learn how to relate to people and how to care for others.  They should have programs like this everywhere.  Wouldn’t it be great if they had one of these places in every large community.  Our elderly deserve a chance to make a difference in the lives of these little ones and what these little ones can learn from these “grandparents”.  It was wonderful to watch.

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childcare and the elderly