(WYMT) – We fight through our flames together, so that we can celebrate our highs as one.
Over the past few days, we saw broken hearts as crews searching for 22 months old Kenneth Howard. When the clock went ahead, it was worried that time would end. Rescue operations are tracked tirelessly through these mountains. A father who tore back tears struggled to hold out the hope. We worried together, prayed together, and today – today we were rejoiced together.
We learned the definition of resilience, something the mountains are known for.
Dehydrated but alive. 22-month-old Kenneth Howard endured through the cold temperatures, the steep terrain. He went days without food or water and, as eloquently announced today, he is "a true Kentucky mountain boy".
In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, we have previously had the feeling of loss. Sometimes it almost seems like a constant; not today.
The crew never left, even when fighting back tears. Many men and women went without sleep because they were determined not to accept what many others could do.
This story was not just about the mountains but about the nation. People from all over the country reached wondering what they could do and how they could help. It is during our darkest times that our colors shine brightest, and today our colors continue to shine when the darkness fades away.
Tonight, when you spend the evening with family or friends, here's an idea: keep them a little closer. Appreciate that you can spend time with them and love that time for how precious it really is.