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Fast action saved boy’s life

June 19, 2010
Daily Press

This week's bouquets go to:

From Linda Bockman of Escanaba:

"On May 31, my 6 year old grandson, Carter, suffered a near drowning experience in a swimming pool while at a graduation party. Thankfully, he survived, is fine with no lasting effects and is back to his normal active self. However, without the selfless and quick action of Dr. Tom Carlson and Josh Mileski my grandson would probably not be alive today. They performed CPR on my grandson until he was revived and transported to St. Francis where he was stabilized and transported to Green Bay for observation. The pediatric pulmonary specialist told us that if it had not been for their extraordinary heroic action, Carter's outcome would have been very different.

"He told us that more than 90 percent of the children who go through a drowning experience do not survive and out of those few who do survive only about 7 percent make full recoveries. Who knew a simple graduation party would turn into a life altering experience? Their caring and generousity has meant so much to my family and just saying thank you doesn't seem adequate. But I do thank them from the bottom of my heart and want them both to know that our community is a better place for having caring individuals like themselves. Thank you both."

From Bob Hites, All Saints Conference, food pantry administrator:

"The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, All Saints Conference wishes to thank all the wonderful people that worked so hard during the May food collection campaign. Their efforts this year were a huge success. We are proud of what they accomplished. Because of their hard work more than 13,000 pounds of food products were collected.

"This will benefit the needy of our community for months beginning immediately. We also wish to thank the many households that were so extremely generous with their donations. Their kindness and consideration made the program possible. It is very encouraging that others think of the needy and are willing to help. Our area is truly blessed."

From Karen Bratonia, Gladstone:

"Thank you to Dorothy McKnight for the wonderful articles on Rev. Skoglund and Mike Oxford. Also a thank you to Christina Henderson for her very informative article on Basic Marine."

From Lori MacIntosh of Escanaba:

"The Alliance Against Violence and Abuse would like to thank the Northern Delights Red Hats for their generous donation of childrens toys.

"Your thoughtfulness touches many lives."

From Vietnam Veterans Chapter 345:

"The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 345 would like to thank Elmer's County Market, Super One Foods, Wal-Mart, and Bay Super Valu for letting us sell our grave side flags at their store. We would also like to thank all those that donated to our flag sale."

From Delta County Cancer Alliance:

"Thank you to co-chairman Dave Cannon, Gary Seehafer - they worked very hard to make Striking Out Cancer Games happen with the help of Matt Houle and Dave Wilson working with the girl's varsity and junior varsity softball teams from Gladstone and Escanaba schools. A big thank you to the players, parents, and coaches.

"The Delta County Cancer Alliance would also like to thank the individuals and businesses for sponsoring the t-shirt's cap or visor for each player and coaches to wear that day. As a community be very proud of our young boys and girls. Their generous gift will make a difference in people's lives in this area. Donation amount s $4,700."


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they've done. Include your name, address, and phone number.

Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site,, and clicking on the Virtual Newsroom button. Once there, click on "Bouquets" and follow the simple instructions.



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