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No Blame - No Shame

It is very unfair to place any blame for this tragedy on any of these young men. I was one of the first few personnel to arrive at the accident scene. What I witnessed that afternoon was a combination of heroic bravery, pure agony and overwhelming compassion. The bravery was dispayed by those who responded from the Bladenboro Fire Dept., Bladenboro Rescue Squad and the Bladen Co. Sheriff's Dept. to try to save Cody. Especially two members of the BFD, Nathan and Jeremy Dowless, who risked their own safety by entering the cold water to try to locate Cody. I witnessed first-hand the agony on the faces of Cody's friends as I questioned them about what happened and where they last saw Cody. I witnessed the sheer agony of a father when Ken arrived and realized what had occured. I would wish that pain on no man. It was that moment that I paused myself, in all the mayhem, to pray. Then I witnessed the overwhelming compassion of a small community as literally hundreds of people flocked to support this family. The members of Galeed Church also opened their doors for the family to await word of Cody being found. I would not have expected any less from this community. As one might say, "That's just how we do things around here". Lastly, the care, concern and compassion of the volunteers from at least four counties who came to aid in the search and rescue effort. These men and women were going to stay there until Cody was found, no questions asked. As I began, I will say again...there is no blame, there should be no shame. It is now time to do as I did on that grassy, sandhill on Sunday afternoon. We all need to pray.

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