I was there that day.
That day they still talk about.
That day that woman skidded into the river—her two young boys in back. Everyone stopped–everyone who saw it. Just before Christmas, too. Folks slammed on their brakes and threw open their doors and charged down the banks. More than me plunged in after them, while the rest made hoarse and frantic calls. Red station wagon, in the river. There’s kids in there.
We got them out, though. Pulled her out first and then those boys. All of us hugging on the banks and thanking God. Congratulating ourselves. We saved them.
It wasn’t until later we realized—they were always lost.
This story is a work of fiction inspired by true events: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-10-27-2529961022_x.htm
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