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First-responders show compassion

October 13, 2009

Compassion is still alive.

Yes, true love and compassion are still with us as I experienced it first hand Saturday night.

My son was in a freak hunting accident when a tree fell on him and pinned him down for four hours. He was able to call a friend; that friend, in turn, activated the 911 system.

Ouachita deputies, the Ouachita Parish Fire Department, Wildlife and Fisheries, state police, ambulance service and a host of family, friends and strangers hit the ground searching for him.

Searchers were dealing with water, gumbo mud, cold and darkness. I even saw some searching barefoot because of the mud.

What are the limits a man will go to for another? My heartfelt thanks go out to all the agencies and to all those who searched for Cliff.

A special thank you to Deputy David May and Mike Moore, who were especially polite and kept me updated as they knew the love of a mother for her son.

Life is like a candle blowing in the wind; it withers, then almost dies to only flame up again to live another day.

Mrs. Burl Humphries, Monroe.

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