We are always looking for good news, and every day we present as much of it as we can.
Sometimes, though, the examples of people going above and beyond in this community are particularly striking. Such as, this week.
Sunday morning, Ken Williams was nearing the end of his Journal Gazette delivery route when he spotted smoke coming from a garage at a home on Delray Drive. Pounding on the door and ringing the bell, he roused three people who were able to flee with their dog and cat before the fire spread to the house.
Williams downplayed his role. “I didn’t break a window or break down the door,” he said Tuesday. “I did what I could do.”
After help was summoned, Williams delivered the rest of his papers on foot – his car was blocked by emergency vehicles.
Monday, a Carroll High School senior was given the school’s Extra Mile Award for rescuing another student from choking the week before. Trained as a lifeguard, Marissa Kozel used the Heimlich maneuver to save a lunchmate.
Kozel, who wants to be an emergency room nurse, had previously used the maneuver at home when one of her sister’s friends was choking on a granola bar, according to Northwest Allen County Schools spokeswoman Lizette Downey.
As the Vera Bradley Classic came to a close Monday evening, participants and supporters learned they had helped raise more than $1 million for breast-cancer research for the fourth straight year and the ninth time overall. In addition to Monday’s golf tournament at two local courses, the 26th annual event included a pink-yoga session that drew almost 200 participants to Freimann Square Sunday and a new pickleball outing at Indian Trails Park Saturday.
Before this year’s fundraiser, the foundation had donated $32.5 million to breast-cancer research.