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From: "Pat Brewer" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Off Subject: Niagara Kentucky Rescue!!
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 09:17:08 -0700
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Evalyn,

Of course you are proud and you should be. What a wondereful and courageous
thing to have done. What an example of love and unselfishness to exhibit
to those young people. I would say some of his Mother has rubbed off on
him.

Pat
----- Original Message -----
From: "E. Champion" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2000 6:48 AM
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Off Subject: Niagara Kentucky Rescue!!


> Hi List,
>
> Just wanted to show you the front page news of "The Gleaner"...the
Henderson
> Kentucky local newspaper! My son, the HERO!
>
> Evalyn
>
> ==============================================================
> Friday, December 15, 2000
>
>
> Doggone good deed
>
> Team effort saves pooch from watery death
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
> ----
> By BETH SMITH
> Gleaner staff
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
> ----
>
> Steve Champion and his family had only been residents of Henderson County
> about a week when he found himself at the center of a rescue operation.
>
> The story begins with Champion's 4-year-old daughter, Libby, who wanted
> nothing more than a yellow kitten.
>
> "I had been promising her a kitten," said Champion, who has recently moved
> to the Niagara area from Fort Worth, Texas. "I had run out of reasons (not
> to get the cat)."
>
> "I called the pound and asked if they had a yellow kitten and they did,"
he
> said.
>
> Champion and two of his children, Libby and his 7-year-old daughter,
Katie,
> ventured out on Thursday into the icy weather to get the kitten, which
Libby
> promptly named Banana, he said.
>
> Champion and his wife, Lori, also have a 1-year-old son, Bobby.
>
> It was on the way home that Champion said he spotted something that caught
> his attention.
>
> At the intersection of Kentucky 136 and Kentucky 416 across from the
Niagara
> General Store, Champion said he saw about five girls standing at the edge
of
> a pond jumping and waving.
>
> "Way out on the pond I saw that a dog had fallen through the ice," he
said.
> "He was giving it all he had to get out of there."
>
> Champion said four teen-age girls -- Cassie Stone, 15; Kelsey Stone, 12;
> Raven Stone, 13; and Jessie Griffin, 15 -- and the mother of three of the
> girls, Melissa Freeman, had been trying to get the dog out of the pond but
> weren't having any luck.
>
> "They were trying to throw stuff out there (to the dog)," he said. "They
> were working pretty hard."
>
> Freeman said she was in the house drying her hair when the girls came in
> screaming that the dog, who belongs to their neighbors, had fallen through
> the ice.
>
> "Kelsey had gone to get a (pool) float. I thought we could kind of scoot
> across the ice and if it broke we'd be in the float," Freeman said.
>
> That's when Champion pulled up, she said.
>
> Champion ran to the Niagara General Store, where he bought two clothes
> lines.
>
> Champion and Cassie Stone used the lines to drag across the pond in order
to
> catch the dog.
>
> "He got on one side of the pond and Cassie got on the other and he told
her
> just what to do," Freeman said.
>
> "He got it on the first pass," Champion said. "The dog was kind of at an
> angle and the way he was paddling, I figured he'd get hooked on it."
>
> The dog was halfway out when the clothes line slipped off his leg,
Champion
> said. "But before it got passed his head, he turned and clamped on to it,"
> he said.
>
> And then they managed to finish pulling the dog to safety.
>
> "It was the excitement for this afternoon," Freeman said, adding that it
was
> Champion's idea that saved the dog.
>
> "I'm glad it's all funny now," he said. "That dog was running out of
steam.
> I didn't want to have to jump into that water, but I wasn't going to let
> that dog drown in front of my little girls and the other girls."
>
>
>
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