Kudos to Loretta Park for her story about Everyday Hero Jackie, the cadaver dog, and her trainer Bryan Bennett (9/27/13). Our family personally benefited from their expertise on Aug. 23 & 24, at Willard Bay State Park , as Search & Rescue teams from Weber & Box Elder counties searched the murky water for our beloved son, Brigham Bradley. Words cannot adequately express our appreciation for Bennett, and others, who give their resources for such a valuable effort. We wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments of Sandra Spencer's letter (10/14/13).
As the dedicated people from six agencies joined forces to search for Brig, a Weber Co. Sheriff's Deputy and Syracuse Firefighter, I sat at the south marina and pondered that it was fitting that the camaraderie of our community helpers had come full circle in doing what we, as loved ones, could not do.
They succeeded in that difficult job of "finding a needle in a haystack". We acknowledge the tender mercies of our loving Heavenly Father in the activities of those two days.
Our family extends gratitude and love to hundreds who joined us for Brigham's viewing and funeral service, particularly those who participated in the Honor Guard, the cordon of officers, the Syracuse & Sunset Fire Departments, and
Bobbi Hansen, who worked with our grandchildren in sharing one of her songs.
We have been showered with prayers, kindness, and generosity from family, friends, and the community. Thank you to all of you.
As we have experienced the grief of losing our son, my thoughts have gone to those parents who have "lost" children to different heartbreaking circumstances for which little or no understanding or support is shown. My prayers go to those families who have teen-age or adult children who struggle, or have given up, related to addictions, mental illness, disabilities, or other challenges. I hope for increased awareness and care for these other families who are hurting.