The Free Press Editorial

It was great to see the dedicated volunteers and search and rescue staff recognised this week for their tireless efforts in searching for Kienan Hebert when the three-year-old went missing three months ago.

The world was watching anxiously, and with admiration when the little boy disappeared, and the whole community in Sparwood rallied together, focused on just one thing – to bring him home safely.

I’m sure not one of the search and rescue staff and volunteers who gave up their precious free time to work selflessly around the clock searching for Kienan was thinking they would get any kind of recognition for it, but it is still important to let these people know how much their work is appreciated.

These are the people who would do the same for you, or anyone else in this community. If you take a wrong turn and find yourself lost in the backcountry, these are the people who will leave their families and their warm beds to come and look for you. They don’t ask for anything in return, but if you know someone who volunteers, let them know how much you admire them, just as Paul Hebert, Kienan’s dad, did on Thursday last week.

Christmas is a lonely time for many. Everywhere you turn, advertisements, magazines, TV and radio are all telling us we should have a family or someone special to spend Christmas with. For those who can’t be with loved ones, or do not have any, this just highlights the fact that they are alone. If you know anybody who is spending Christmas alone, stop by with a card, invite them for dinner, or just knock on their door and say Merry Christmas. The search for Kienan Hebert has shown us that this is a community that will drop everything for someone in need. Make sure those who are feeling like they have nobody, know that other community members care, and they are not alone. Merry Christmas.





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