After seeing the news story about John Mastrocola’s patriotism, people came together to surprise him with a parade. John’s message to Americans: “Never surrender.” 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Catt (@CattHarmony) July 26, 2020
UPDATE: Commenter Dirk on American Digest writes,
The pic is a memory hole for me. December 24 1991, Klamath falls Oregon while on patrol in 20- degree weather a car carrying a mother and her son, slide off the road on black ice, into the Geary canal, off of Lake Klamath.
Upon my arrival I dropped my gun belt, broke thru the 3 inch thick ice, and tried to save both. The son was saved, I failed to get the mother out. I returned to shore grabbed a state employees winch cable pulled it back into the canal, where I tried to attach the hook to tow the vehicle out.
I’d just learned of ice water survival for drown folk, thinking I could get her out, start her back up. No joy, I could find nothing to hook the cable to. I was freaked out, and I had failed.
My day was just getting started. As dive rescue recovered the mom, and exited the water, the back firefighter fell backwards into the water submerging himself. Is leg was pinned up hill and he could not self rescue. I watched from ten yards up the bank.
I jumped into the water, trashed my knee, where I was able to get the firefighters head above the water, so he could breath. I was running on empty, but I was not going to fail twice. The rescue line was dropped and a dozen firefighter slide down and entered the water to recover their team mate. His leg was compound fractured, and a bloody mess.
After we got him out stabilized and up the bank. I think i was In Shock from extreme cold. As they bagged the mom, and placed the firefighter in an ambulance I watched as Christmas presents popped to the surface and floated over the car. I’ll never forget the lovingly wrapped presents wrapped by the mom, for her son, who knew his mom just drown.
I got one of Oregon’s highest awards for this. I took it back and asked the State Police how in gods name to your award a man for failing?
They later put an award in my personal jacket I discovered many years later. I ripped that letter out, and destroyed it. What a fucking joke, I failed and received praise. Reminds me of what we see today, failure on all fronts, and ” Their own ” patting each other on the back telling each other just bitchen they were.
To this day I pray daily for forgiveness, for this gross failure to protect.