WLOX Editorial: Unusual heroes
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - About a week ago, 76-year-old Corrine Palmer of Vicksburg got up early in the morning to head out for a 6 am appointment. Like she has undoubtedly done many times before, she drove on Sherman Avenue. But on this day before the sun came up, her car went off the road and flipped upside down in the bottom of a 40-foot ravine.
The 76-year-old managed to get out of the car, but the steep 40-foot climb was too much for her to scale. Nobody saw the crash. Nobody heard the crash. She was alone, needing help, and no one knew where she was.
Within a couple of hours, her family and police were looking for her. And even after the sun came up, no one saw her car at the bottom of the deep ravine. For hour after hour, she called for help. But nobody heard.
Eventually her calls for help were heard; not by human ears, but by the ears of three neighborhood dogs; Blackie, Spottie and an anonymous dog. We will call the 3rd dog “Star.”
Blackie, Spottie and Star stood at the top of ravine beside the road in a type of V formation like an arrow. That formation got the attention of a passing policeman who stopped, walked over and found Ms. Palmer more than seven hours after the crash.
Ms. Palmer is now safe at home with her family for Christmas. Our congratulations go out to Vicksburg Police Lt. Johnnie Edwards who paid attention to the V formation dogs. And a special shout out to Blackie, Spottie and Star who all got treats and helped make this a very Merry Christmas.
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