Do something good; help heal Sandusky

Jason Werling
Mar 28, 2011

On March 19, the day Officer Andrew Dunn was killed, I told myself that his death could have one of two effects on the town that I have made a home and a town I love to work in every day. Sandusky would either come closer together or grow further apart.

After his father Matt Dunn’s emotional, from-the-heart speech a day later, I believed our town would pull closer together. “I've never given up on this town and none of you should,” Dunn said. It was very important — I thought to myself — to get his words recorded as loud and clear as I could and get it on the Register website so everyone who couldn't hear him or couldn't be at the vigil could still get the message.

Make some time to listen to what he said at the vigil. Just click on the player above.

Sandusky is hurting. Sandusky is angry. Sandusky wants answers. This isn't a police thing or a racial thing or an economic thing. When you get down to it, it is a humanity thing. A person lost his life at the hands of another. The most important thing (a father, husband, son) was taken from someone else. Think of your most important thing, and I say thing because some don't value other people over property or possessions, and in an instant that thing is gone. You would hurt, you would be angry and you would want answers.

That’s where we are, as a community.

In the past several days I had a conversation with a friend via Facebook and her words were important for me to share with all of you …

We need to build a society, where 5-year-old’s feelings do not have an occasion to reflect acts of senseless violence. We have 2nd-graders coming home with a stomach ache they can't put into words. We have 8th-graders who fear that their parent will go to work and never come home.
No one.
Not young or old.
Not friend or foe.
No one should have to watch their fellow citizens shoot each other here in our wonderful country... the land of the free and the home of the brave.
We are a civilized nation.
We know how to communicate like no other.
We know that actions speak louder than words.
We need to have our actions — our signs of respect toward each other regardless of our differences — teach our children that right is always right no matter if no one is watching. And wrong is always wrong no matter if everyone else is doing it.
You can take all the words I just spoke and cut and paste.
If it can help save one life...
If it can help improve one relationship…
If it can stop having children have to write “I feel sad when Andy died” ... Then it is worth it.

Here is my challenge to all of you reading. Do something. Don't just donate a few bucks and say you did your part. Watch one less television show, take one less night out, have one less texting or Facebook conversation. Use that time to give to someone else. Let me know how you do, (werling@sanduskyregister.com or 419.609.5850) and let me know how someone, who really didn't need to, went out of their way to help you. I would like to showcase the good that is being done in Sandusky.

And my position at the Register, through the website and this section in the newspaper, is my way to get the Good Samaritans in our community recognized.

Comments

rmt

Finally, something worthwhile reading in this paper!  I whole heartedly agree with you Jason.  To start with, try something small such as smile at someone you pass by and say hello... whether at the gas pump or in the grocery store or just walking past on the sidewalk. 

BGsuGSB2012

 Great work!  Next time I'm in Sandusky I'll remember this and try to do my part. 

"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Ghandi

wiredmama222

I am going to say this again on this site as I did on another about this awful tragedy.  We have pretty much voiced are options about this tragedy, but we need to heal and we need to start now. 

I want to start a "WHAT WOULD ANDY DO" legacy in Sandusky, starting now  Let this be Sandusky's tribute to our fallen police officer.

In everything I have read about Andy Dunn, I understand that this man worked with compassion, with love and with honor.  Let us all do that and fill a wishing well full of things we will do for another Sandusky resident.  Let's put one outside main parts of town.  Each time someone does something nice for you in this town, displays an act of kindness, write it down (no names) and put it in the wishing well. 

Try and think of something you would do nice for someone else.  Then think of Andy Dunn and how he would have acted.  Kindess is contagious. 

Lets see how many people will Do what Andy would do as an act of kindness toward a fellow Sanduskian. 

Can we all agree that being kind is better than a battle?  Would this type of thing be what Andy Dunn would want as his legacy to this town.  I don't think so.  I think he would show respect....just like he always did.  Now let the population of Sandusky fulfill his legacy for him and think.....

WHAT WOULD ANDY DO? 

tsteofilo

 Jason, 

This is a wonderful message to the city where I was raised. I moved away in 2000, but Sandusky will always be in my heart. I've already attempted to take a step in the direction of action to make a difference with a scholarship my best friend and I (both SHS class of 2000 grads) started at the high school last spring, but I know there is so much more work to be done.

I hope your message spreads far and wide not just to those who still live in town, but to those who grew up there and have since left. We all remember being able to walk home from the Cedar Point docks downtown in the dark when we were mere children... Why have those days gone?  That was less than 20 years ago for me... And I'll never understand.

Sandusky is a mecca of love, prosperity, hope and fun - even if that image of town has been tarnished in recent years by the actions of the few.  We can be the many - we can bring a new golden age to Sandusky if we all, even those of us who are far away, work at trying to do just one good thing for our hometown.

Thanks for writing this, and for the video. 

All my best,

Tiffany Teofilo, SHS class of 2000

liberalmomof3

LOVE the What Would Andy Do? idea...but look at how it looks on paper: WWAD <-- (giggling to myself.)  how about "Andy's Challenge" similar to Rachel's Challenge.  Andy wasn't sitting in neighborhood 'harrassing" people, he was there trying to build trust and relationships... trying to get to know his neighbors. Just a thought...

Also, i read somewhere in the last few weeks that the Register used to have a "Register Person of the Month."  How about doing that again and making that your front page story?? How awesome would that be to sell papers through celebrating successes???