Last Friday afternoon I saw something fantastic. I mean, it began on a sad note but showed how good human beings can be, and how those who have dedicated themselves to serve others often do so very very well.
Here’s what happened: a mother duck was walking with her ducklings when a bunch of them (about ten) fell through the grates of a sewer. The mother was devastated and cried out. Meanwhile she still had the rest of her ducklings (about another 10 or so) with her, so she alternated between staying with them and going over to the bush near the grate to check on them.
Fortunately, the first hero of the day, Subreania Miller, an associate at the close-by Harmon Face Values Jupiter store immediately contacted Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
Quickly on the scene came Captain Sara Pults, Driver Brad Haines, and Firefighter RJ Counter. After removing the grate and assessing the situation they went to work. Aside from the immense knowledge they had both in terms of how to gain the ducklings’ attention and the physical acrobatics they had to do in reaching them, I’ll just say that they displayed a combination of patience, laser-focus, genuine caring about those they were rescuing, and most of all an attitude that communicated that they weren’t going to stop until the very last duckling was saved.
They did it, and received a well-deserved, rousing round of applause from the crowd that gathered to watch. Children got returned to Mom and the Duck Family was reunited in full.
Thank you Subreania for caring enough about another living creature to make the call in the first place, and for re-supplying our firefighters with the cardboard they needed, and even slipping off to the store and bringing back bottled waters for them.
And, of course, thank you to the three heroes who did a fantastic job in reuniting a family…and in representing Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.