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COUNTY LAUDS JOSHUA RESCUERS

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To the editor:

It happens so rarely. On Sept. 27, the daily news reports made a 180-degree turn from a great tragedy to a story of incredible joy and celebration. Ten-year-old Joshua Dennis of Kearns was carried from an abandoned mine in Tooele County where his family was afraid he might be lost forever.To those who willingly gave of their time and energy in this heroic five-day rescue effort, our most reverent commendation and thanks. Search and rescue teams from Tooele County and Salt Lake County, the Tooele County Sheriff's Office, the Rangers from Dugway Proving Ground, hundreds of volunteers, local businesses that offered food and supplies, and many more joined as a team that became an inspiration to us all. A special heartfelt thanks to members of the Utah Power & Light Mine Rescue Disaster Team from Emery County.

You refused to give up the search, and your tenacity will long be remembered in this community. In the years to come, little Joshua will surely never forget those who heard his faint cries, lifted him from a dark ledge and carried him back to safety, life and his loving family.

Miracles do happen, especially when the human spirit pitches in. The Salt Lake County Commission extends its appreciation and congratulations to everyone involved in this effort.

D. Michael Stewart, chairman

Bart Barker

M. Tom Shimizu

Salt Lake County Commission