My coffee buddy, Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff helps Alexis Dominguez exit the helicopter (Photo: Bill Husa, Chico Enterprise Record)
Today was a good day. No, strike that, today was a GREAT day!
The saga of the Dominguez family lost in the snow looking for a Christmas tree hit home with me in a big way, because I had people from all over asking me what the weather was going to do to the search and rescue effort. I was the bearer of bad news, which I hated, because the winter storm bearing down made survival even less likely.
(Note: for national/international readers of this blog, this story unfolded in my home city and county)
Mountain weather is unforgiving. Fortunately, they knew what to do. They improvised a snow cave, wrote “HELP” in the snow, and stayed put until rescuers could find them. When they did, the relief was nation-wide.
Yes, its the best Christmas present anybody could ever have.