Letters to the Editor

My brother is home and safe

Tuesday night, Nov. 23, my brother decided to take a walk with his dog. The temperature outside was freezing and he left his home with little to keep him warm. When he didn’t return the family became concerned and called in the help of our local law enforcement. The search party began.

People on foot called his name, flashlights lit up the beach, as they looked for any clue of his whereabouts. The K-9 unit was called in and fire and rescue as well. Volunteers dedicated their time and effort and once those efforts were exhausted Skagit Search and Rescue was dispatched.

Hour after hour passed and our worst fears began to surface. Would they find him and would he be alive? The overwhelming feeling that musters in the pit of your stomach when you start to allow yourself to think the worst is a feeling that can only be understood if you’ve been there.

To all those men and women who risked their lives to save my brother I give my most heartfelt sincere thanks to all of you! To say those words feels so minute to the gratitude I feel and I hope that if you read this and know someone who helped that night please pass this on and let them know: My brother is home safe.

Shantel Porter and family

Oak Harbor

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