A very special thing happened this last Saturday. A beautiful symbol of American beauty and freedom was released back into the wild. Mr. Lockwood of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center rehabilitates native birds of prey (those that are hurt and might otherwise die without Mr. Lockwood’s intervention) right here in Kansas. … Cheney, KS – to be exact. My parents live in Cheney and were the first to tell us about this center a few years ago. Since then, I have heard LOTS more about Mr. Lockwood from none other than Tucker. You see, Mr. Lockwood has visited the kids’ preschool the last two years and has brought with him several ‘friends’ to show to the preschool kids. Tucker now wants to be an ‘Owl Man’ just like Mr. Lockwood. He has such a strong love of animals and truly LOVES what Mr. L does for these helpless creatures. Well, Darrin had heard that Mr. Lockwood would be releasing a bald eagle on Saturday down by the Arkansas River. The whole thing was just a little more special than just a release back into the wild for this animal. Mr. L wanted to dedicate this release in the name of Brian Etheridge. Etheridge was a Sheriff’s Deputy here in Wichita. He lost his life in the line of duty back in September of last year. This event completely shook all of Wichita. To Mr. Lockwood, this release as a tribute just made sense.
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