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Crib Notes: Integrity abounds

By From page A3 | September 13, 2017

There has been so much loss lately, so much heartache. Millions of our fellow Americans who live in hurricane zones have had to evacuate, only to have their homes and their security wash away in the floods that Harvey and Irma unleashed.

Two tragedies have affected our community here. The fourth Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy in 11 years, three of whom were El Dorado Hills residents, was killed by a person who should have been in prison. Then days later a beloved counselor at my children’s middle school was driving home from work when a kidnapping and auto theft suspect fleeing police smashed head on into her on Green Valley Road.

Whether it was nature’s wrath or devastation inflicted by evil, in each of these instances there was the grim reminder that it could have been any of us or our loved ones. Communities banded together to do the only thing that can come during so much sadness — show that there is much more light in the world than there is darkness, many more good people than there are bad ones, despite what salacious headlines would otherwise have us believe.

There were no Democrats, Republicans, race or gender differences during recent hurricane rescues. There were only people stepping up to do the right thing, even when no one was watching, which is the definition of integrity. There were lines of people on the highways, towing boats to aid in rescues. Stories abounded of people offering refuge in their homes to complete strangers. People donated in staggering numbers to the Red Cross and that amount continues to rise just as amazing stories of goodwill are still unfolding.

I attended fallen deputy Robert French’s memorial as a reporter last week, but I was personally moved during the experience. One of the most prominent pictures used throughout the day was the tribute painted to French on our EDH Rocks. The most incredible and inspiring thing that day was how many police officers and first responders came to support French’s department and his family. One speaker said they numbered 3,000. In recent years as I’ve heard story after story of police officers getting killed around the country because of one person’s evil actions, I’ve wondered whether fewer young people will choose to go into the profession. But there was something I didn’t understand until I witnessed the strength, honor and bond the brothers and sisters in law enforcement share at French’s memorial. They have each other’s backs no matter what. They have each other’s families’ backs no matter what. I could only hope that my children would choose such a noble profession one day. Police officers really are our everyday heroes.

Then, just as we were shaking our heads in disbelief, not to mention sadness and anger, after counselor Myrna Harp was injured, our greater community stepped up once again without pause to buoy her family and friends with care. People across El Dorado County who personally know Harp or not are donating to her Go Fund Me page and offering prayers and kind words to her family. She still has a long road to heal, but I can promise you she won’t do it alone.

With all of the recent heartache I am so thankful to see such a bright light because of the vast majority of people’s goodness.

Julie Samrick is an El Dorado Hills mother of four children. She can be reached at [email protected]

Julie Samrick

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