All too often these days, we hear about police officers who get in trouble. Rarely do we hear about it when they do things above and beyond the call of duty. I had such an experience while paddling the Kishwaukee during the storm on Saturday, Aug. 23. Lightning forced us off the river — and into poison ivy and brambles. After we made it to shelter, Sherriff’s Deputy Tom Brimhall drove by and offered to take me to a nearby county maintenance facility. He did so, and even found some anti-poison ivy wash. Then, he took us to our vehicles. In all, Deputy Brimhall spent close to an hour helping us, when he could have just driven on. He is a true public servant, and should be commended.
Thomas M. Lindblade
President Emeritus, Illinois Paddling Council
From the Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014, issue