In two recent posts (here & here) I complained about our society’s appetite for animal stories and how we often lose site of, or care little about similar stories involving humans. So, what am I doing this morning? I am offering up an animal rescue video. The editor of this rag is such a damn hypocrite!
But I’m also adding a human rescue. One involving little children, the other sure fire way to attract attention on TV and the Internet. Before I go any further, let me make it clear, with all sincerity, I am very glad the human and animal victims in these videos are safe and that there were firefighters and others who cared enough to make sure that happened.
The first is from Poulan, Georgia (Worth County) on Friday. A 12-year-old blind dog named Gracie fell down a well and was there for 45 minutes before a combination of the Poulan Police Department, Poulan Fire Department, Public Works and Worth Fire/Rescue made sure Gracie got out.
Which rescue video will be more popular, Gracie the dog or mom and two kids?
Below is the other rescue. Newsworking’s Bill Rohrer captured the video of a mother and two young children being rescued from the rocks on the Lehigh River under the Chestnut Street Bridge in Coplay, Pennsylvania Saturday after their raft punctured. Here’s Bill’s account:
At 17:45, Coplay Fire #5 and Cetronia EMS were dispatched for the water rescue. Once on scene, they requested the dive team and marine units from Whitehall and Northampton.
A paramedic from Cetronia went out into the water and grabbed the lady while she hung on to her children. A member from Whitehall’s Dive unit went out and brought the two children to safety before the marine units were launched. All 3 were brought to safety without injury.
So, let’s see which of the two videos gets more views. Will people care more about the rescue of the dog or the children? At least when I pander, I try to disguise it as having a greater good. With a thought process like that, maybe I have a future with this news thingy?
Again, I am glad all are safe. It is nice to see tragic endings avoided.
And speaking of being a hypocrite, I must credit my personal nemesis THE Fire Critic with posting these videos first. Apparently he’s back in the blogging business after taking most of the summer off. Why I point you toward his site and all the free things he’s giving away is beyond me. I must truly feel sorry for him.
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