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    Editorial: The angels around us

    It is often said that angels are all around us.

    Victoria Harvey and Katelynn Price, both 19 and from Leesburg, were working at the Hunter Place pool in Raspberry Falls when Victoria saw a 7-year-old unconscious underwater. The two lifeguards pulled the child from the water and performed CPR, saving the child’s life.

    Kin Lee was working on a lock at storage unit in Sterling when he saw a man slump outside the door. He called 911 and then, following the dispatcher’s instructions, administered CPR for seven minutes until responders relieved him. “I got this. I got this,” Kin said, saving the man’s life.

    Firefighters Michael Burrier, Donnie Cline and Alex Szuchnicki were called with their units to Hibbs Bridge on Snickersville Turnpike on a dark January night when 3 inches of rain brought flood warnings. Swept off the bridge, a vehicle floated downstream in raging waters. Crews lined both sides of Beaverdam Creek. Captain Burrier, Cline and Szuchnicki navigated the torrent of raging water to rescue the driver before he was swept away with his vehicle.

    Sometimes news coverage provides a sense that there’s not much good in the world. But then, amid harrowing events, touching stories emerge about our neighbors who exhibit courage and selfless acts of valor.

    More than 80 citizens were honored by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce at last week’s Valor Awards. They are our community’s everyday heroes. Brave men and women who live in our communities. They serve the public as police officers, firefighters and first responders. Risking their lives to keep us safe each and every day, they’ll tell you its all part of the job.

    They are everyday citizens, too, ordinary people who do extraordinary things under the most difficult of circumstances.

    We salute the chamber for bringing us stories of valor each year. Once a year hardly seems enough, though. At the Times-Mirror, we believe in honoring local people whose everyday acts of bravery, caring and selflessness uplift and strengthen our community. We want to tell their incredible stories. The ones that, all too often, never get told.

    You can help us salute these everyday heroes by letting us know how your life has been affected or changed by the strength, character or bravery of someone who has answered your call for help in a time of need. Send us first-person account of your personal experience. We’ll publish your story in the Times-Mirror and http://www.LoudounTimes.com as we honor the angels around us.

    Send an email with your personal experience with an everyday hero to Executive Editor Dale Peskin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or to Managing Editor Crystal Owens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Include a jpg file of a photograph if you have one.

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