Monday, February 15, 2010

American Hero …

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.

Darrin and my parents (I had a show) took the kids down to the river to watch the release.  I really think the pictures speak for themselves…IMG_4720 IMG_4724 IMG_4726 IMG_4730 IMG_4731 IMG_4732 IMG_4739

2 comments:

amy said...

Thanks for sharing this story!

Brenda said...

Dina that is awsome that Tucker thinks so highly of Ken. I was so very blessed while I worked at the vet clinic to get to know Ken and be able to experiance some of his true gifts hands-on. He is a dear dear man with a much needed gift. Tucker is a smart little guy. You need to go out to tour his facility.

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