Letter to the Editor

Heroes amid a tragedy

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Every day we pass by law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other emergency personnel as they do their jobs, never giving a thought to what they do. Maybe that is because they never ask for any praise, or recognition. What we should try do is consider how they give of themselves, often risking their lives, to protect and to serve their communities. On Monday, April 9, our family was reminded of exactly what these remarkable people do.

Fred Boer didn't come home from fishing on that Monday afternoon, and a call from his wife to the Dickinson County Communications Center set in motion an immediate and organized response to our family's tragedy. Emergency personnel responded from the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team, the Spirit Lake Fire Department, the Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Dickinson County Emergency Management. Sadly, his lifeless body was found submerged at the end of a dock where it was believed he had been fishing earlier in the day.

The story could have ended there, but because of the care and compassion of every one of these people involved, the family of Fred Boer will forever recognize, and appreciate, what these special people do for us every day. We will also be forever grateful to Sheriff Greg Baloun for the kindness shown to all of us. These "angels" held us up when we couldn't stand, and carried us through that difficult night. Words cannot express our gratitude to every one of them.

Please don't ever pass up an opportunity to offer your thanks and encouragement to all of the emergency personnel that serve us every day.

The Family of Fred Boer