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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 6:25 a.m. MDT

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kosimov
Riverdale, UT

What an amazing story! Makes me wonder if I ever found myself in a situation like that, would I remember the first aid I learned almost 50 years ago!

I know of several men whose training for WWII served them and others well when critical action was needed. My wife's father was one of them - he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for service beyond the call of duty against 5 German soldiers, with only his knife. I always thought (and discussed with him) how it is that an "average, ordinary man" can perform such acts of heroism when the time comes. I think it boils down to character. If he is a good man with a solid character, who follows the Christian ethics which America was founded upon, it doesn't seem to him like he is a hero at all; he just feels like he did what he was trained to do, just "did his job". That seems to be common among all those I have known who I would call heroic, as it also seems to be the way Richard Falkner feels. God bless him and others like him!

vinegarandhoney
St George, UT

What a beautiful story! Because of this hero, Richard Falkner, two families were able to have their dads for many years longer. It's wonderful to see the family of the victim giving Mr Falkner their thanks. It's fortunate that they were able to find that his name had been misspelled in the newspaper back in the 1950's and finally find him. How wonderful it must have made this kind man feel that he had been remembered and appreciated for offering his services without hesitation, so long ago. An act with no thought of recognition, only to be of help to those needing it.
The story was beautifully written by Lee Benson, who so many times tends to touch our emotions the way few newspaper writers do.

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