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  1. #1
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    Boy's Valentine to Deceased Mom

    Firefighters help send greeting to boy's dead mom

    LINCOLN, Neb. - Firefighters braved sleet, wind and freezing cold to rescue a valentine that got snagged in a tree after a boy sent it into the sky by balloon for his mother, who died of cancer last fall.

    Seven-year-old Joel Enriquez had made the valentine -- a pink heart with purple heart stickers and the message "I miss you" -- for Maria Enriquez at a grief support group.

    On Tuesday, the first-grader brought the valentine to his school, attached it to balloons and went outside with his 13-year-old brother and classmates to release the balloons. But as the balloons sailed up, the curly ribbon got tangled on tree branches.

    Mary Rowan, the boy's English-language teacher, later told firefighters what had happened, and on Thursday, despite the cold and 20-mph wind, an aerial truck crew pulled into the playground.

    Capt. Arnold Jensen climbed 40 feet climb up an extended ladder and, after a couple of attempts, grabbed the deflated balloons, cut the ribbons and brought down the valentine.

    Another firefighter pulled three red balloons from the truck, helped Joel attach the valentine, and the boy released the balloons. This time, they disappeared into the clouds.

    "I think she got your valentine," Rowan said, and Joel smiled.


    www.dallasnewscom

  2. #2
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    Kleenex warning next time, please. That made me cry.

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    Jeana,
    Thank-you so much for the article.I am sitting here crying.

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    Oh that made me cry!!!

  5. #5
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    I am crying too.
    That story was so touching.