EDITORIAL – Here’s to all the sudden heroes who put others first

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT’S GOOD TO KNOW there are still heroes on this Earth.

Some of them are leaders on the world stage — we expect them to put themselves at risk for us when necessary.

But there are the regular folks, too, who never expect to be in a dangerous situation but, when they are, act with selfless courage.

The people who leaped into the Thompson River in an attempt to rescue a drowning man are in that category. They swam into the current in a desperate attempt to reach him.

Those who came with their boats to help also deserve praise. The biggest hero of all, of course, is the man who is missing and presumed drowned. It was confirmed yesterday that he went to the rescue of a child who was in trouble in the fast-flowing water.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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