(WYMT) – We fight together through our lows so we can celebrate our heights as one.
Over the last few days, we watched heartbroken as crews searched for 22-month-old Kenneth Howard. As the clock moved forward, we feared that time would run out. Rescuers tirelessly pursued these mountains. A father who brought back tears struggled to keep hope alive. We looked after each other, prayed together and today – today we were happy together.
We have learned the definition of resilience for which the mountains are known.
Dehydrated, but alive. 22-month Kenneth Howard was able to withstand the cold temperatures and steep terrain. He was without food or water for days and, as announced eloquently today, a "true mountain kitten of Kentucky".
In the mountains of Eastern Kentucky we have had the pain of loss before. Sometimes it almost seems like a constant; not today.
The crews never gave up fighting tears either. Many men and women went without sleep for days because they were determined not to accept what many others wanted.
This story was not just about the mountains, but about the nation. People from all over the country wondered what they were doing and how they could help. In our darkest times, our colors are brightest, and today our colors continue to shine as the darkness fades. Appreciate that you can spend time with them and love this time for how precious it really is.