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Three cheers to caring rescuers

A father and son who rescued a Rock Falls woman from the bitter cold last week are heroes in our eyes, and in the eyes of our Facebook friends, too. Congratulations to Cliff and Matt Sexton.

Two snowplow operators who rescued a confused woman during last week’s sub-zero cold very likely saved her life.

We speak of the father-and-son team of Cliff and Matt Sexton.

They were out in the early morning hours of Jan. 21 doing what they always do when it snows – clearing the white stuff away so their customers could get out and about.

But Cliff and Matt did not expect to see a woman, dressed in night clothes and wearing only one slipper, out and about when it was 15 degrees below zero.

They got the woman, obviously confused, into the truck to warm up and took her to the police station. Officers called an ambulance, and the woman was taken to CGH Medical Center for treatment of exposure. Several days later, the woman, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was reported in stable condition.

For their quick thinking and willingness to get involved, Cliff and Matt Sexton deserve the community’s praise.

More than 40 Facebook friends of Sauk Valley Media have already weighed in with words of thanks for the Sextons’ good deed.

Some examples:

“Aw, that poor woman. It’s wonderful there [are] still people [who] care for others around here.”

“Good thing they were there at the right moment. Thank [you] so much for having a kind heart.”

“They were definitely her angels that night.”

“Good job, guys!”

“Bless you both!”

“Stories like this make me proud to be a Rock Falls native. God bless the Sexton family!”

“Those men are such heroes. My prayers and thoughts go out to her [the woman] and her family.”

Matt Sexton posted this response: “Thanks to all of you for showing your appreciation toward us. We were in the right place at the right time!”

We join the community in congratulating Cliff and Matt Sexton for their wonderful act of kindness.

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