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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Jan. 28

January 27, 2012

Thumbs up to everyone involved in rescuing a man who became stuck 200 feet deep in a cave off Cresspond Road near Clear Spring for four hours. Advanced technical rescue units from Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties worked their way back to rescue him unharmed. We are grateful for our first responders who train, sacrifice and run toward danger to keep us safe.


Thumbs up to Christian Lopez, 16, of Martinsburg, W.Va., who earned “the golden ticket” for a chance to compete in the “American Idol” Hollywood semifinals. With hard work, dreams can come true.


Thumbs up to Susan Bayer, a trauma assistant at Meritus Medical Center, who cared for a Florida couple’s dog while they were stranded recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning during their RV trip through Washington County. True healers like Susan treat the person, not just the body.


Thumbs down to whomever stole hand and power tools used by the volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle project site. Brian Truman, the organization’s operations director, said the theft isn’t expected to slow the project much, but the agency would still like to recover the tools to avoid having to buy new ones.

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