Cincinnati Police Department have had their share of troubles over the years, and in recent years have been accused of racial profiling enough times to invoke the old adage ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire’. Last week, however, this pair of officers got it right and in a big way. Officer Givens of CPD was sitting in his police cruiser when someone tapped on his door. On opening the door, he found a desperate mother … a mother goose, that is. “It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don’t come near us. Then it walked away and then it stopped and looked back so I followed it and it led me right over to the baby that was tangled up in all that string,” Givens told a local television reporter. The gosling had become entangled in the string of a Mother’s Day balloon that had been abandoned. Givens and his partner, Cecilia Charron, gently and painstakingly untangled the baby and he and his mother rejoined the other goslings and swam off, presumably to live happily ever after. The officers are to be commended for their compassionate act, but that goose really deserves the award … that was one smart goose! I just love stories like this … warms my heart in a way that all the other things about which I write never can. You can watch the video here.
Officers Joey Taylor and Ryan Geib, from Saskatoon Canada’s Police Service’s bike patrol unit are in the business of providing police protection, and helping people cross the street safely. Um … did I say ‘people’? Well, yes, but also, what about the ducks? A mother duck and her ducklings were waddling about downtown Saskatoon last Thursday, presumably doing a bit of window-shopping. Concerned citizens notified the police who soon found the duck family trying to cross a busy street, but somewhat confused by the ‘walk’ and ‘do not walk’ signs, and they were waiting for a ‘waddle’ sign to appear. Officers Taylor and Geib used their bicycles to block traffic long enough to allow the family of ducks to cross several busy streets safely, and once they arrived at the South Saskatchewan River, the ducks swam away, once again to live happily ever after! Video here.
Imagine, if you can, that you have been in a coma for 48 days, a month-and-a-half. Feeding tubes, IV’s, breathing apparatus, and all that goes with being … well, in a coma. Some have given up on you and are just waiting for you to take your last breath. But suddenly, you wake up! Quick … what is the first thing you say? “I WANT TACO BELL!” Huh? Did you say …. Taco Bell? As in ‘yo quiero Taco Bell’? That is exactly what Jake Booth of Estero, Florida said when he awakened from a medically-induced coma and found himself on life support. He looked around the room at his two children, his best friend, and said “I want Taco Bell!” Gee, daddy, nice to see you too. It would be a month later before Jake was cleared to eat solid food, but as soon as he was able, he devoured eight-and-a-half crunchy tacos! Someone pass the Tums, please. What a testimonial for Taco Bell! What would your first request be? Mine would be a cigarette and a Starbucks Salted Caramel Latte!