REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Be glad there are people like this

Sharon Gase. Mike Homan. If you know those people, stand a little straighter. If you don't, at least be thankfu
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Sharon Gase.

Mike Homan.

If you know those people, stand a little straighter.

If you don't, at least be thankful such people walk among us.

Gase is a teenaged lifeguard from Plymouth. Homan is an EMT technician from Willard. They were visiting Holiday Lakes, the little sort-of-private lake community near Willard, Monday when they separately became aware of a teen swimmer in trouble.

For whatever reason, the people with Cody Osborne, 16, didn't think he was in trouble; they thought he was clowning around.

Gase thought differently -- maybe it was because of training she received as a lifeguard, or because people who want to be lifeguards are wired differently than the rest of us -- and dove in.

Homan also dove in and helped Gase find Osborne. In turn, they helped rescue divers get to exactly where they needed to go, to pull Osborne out of the water.

We wish this story ended happily. It didn't. Cody Osborne died.

But any chance he might have had was because two people couldn't help but react to the feeling something was wrong.

Gase, out of respect for Osborne's family, wouldn't say anything other than, "Everyone there tried hard, and we are all sad it turned out the way it did. Everyone there did the best they could."

Fortunately, Gase and Homan aren't unique. Every day there are thousands of untold stories of people who act to help another, making a difference or at least making another's day a little easier.

Many of the rest of us wonder what we'd do in a situation such as what developed Monday.

Gase and Homan -- and, thankfully, thousands like them -- don't have to wonder.